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Information about How to Become an Emergency Nurse

Emergency nurses are the first line of care for patients arriving in the emergency room at hospitals, in trauma centers, as part of crisis centers, in government facilities, and more.  By quickly taking medical histories, assessing symptoms and injuries, and effectively handling stressful, high-pressure, time sensitive medical work, emergency nurses save lives on a daily basis while supporting the rest of their emergency room team.

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Emergency Nursing Degree Qualifications and Education

Emergency nurses must be highly adept at dealing with high-stress situations, and handling chaos.  They must be able to work quickly, but correctly, time after time.  Emergency Nurses must first become Registered Nurses (RN) to work in their field.  There are several paths to becoming an RN.  Some nurses will get a bachelor of science in Nursing (BSN) degree at an accredited four-year college or university.  Others will pursue an associates degree in nursing at a junior or community college.  Still others will get a registered nursing diploma through a vocational or technical school, but diploma programs are less common.  After completing the level of education you choose at an approved nursing program, you will need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed.  After becoming an RN, some nurses immediately secure a position as and emergency nurse and receive further training at their workplace and on the job.  Other facilities will first require that you have a year or more of experience as a nurse in another related medical setting, such as a trauma team or general hospital nursing.  

Job Outlook for Emergency Nursing

Emergency nurses are in very high demand, thus was many medical facilities train nurses on-site for this demanding and stressful nursing job.  According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for a registered nurse was $62,450.  Those with more education or certification will stand to make more.  The top 10% were making over $92,000 annually.

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