In big or small emergencies, the nurse is always in. Did you ever think about the many patient care situations emergency nurses are called upon to deal with, even during just one shift?
“The waiting room is full.”
“There’s an ambulance on the way.”
“Get the cardiac team down here right now.”
These are some of the frequent calls heard echoing down ED halls. Each is a good example of how quickly nurses must think and act in all types of emergencies.
ED nurses must be prepared to deal with everything from sore throats and scraped knees to life-threatening accidents and injuries. They also have to handle patients who are victims of violence, crime and mass disaster. They regularly hold the hand of the dying and witness death. They never know what’s coming through the double doors or into the ambulance bay. They have to be able to recognize and evaluate symptoms, make good assessments, intervene rapidly and ensure safe handoffs and quality outcomes.
Every emergency, big or small, requires a good clinician with honed technical skills and a strong knowledge base. Those are the characteristics of every ED nurse.
Emergency nurses can practice in varied settings, from hospitals to helicopters, ambulatory centers to amusement parks and sports arenas. Some choose the ED at the nearest medical center; others venture out into free-standing urgent care facilities or emergency clinics.
Wherever people are, so too are potential emergencies, and those who have chosen emergency nursing are there for those who need them.
This Special Edition brings you the following features:
• Exclusive results from our ED nurse study, revealing insights about RNs coping with both job burnout and verbal and physical violence encountered in the ED;
• Tips for recognizing and responding to child sexual abuse from a pediatric training specialist;
• Practical advice and how to succeed in ED nursing from experienced emergency nurse and author of new book on the specialty;
• How shelter pets and appropriate humor are used in the ED to help relieve stress.