Position: Emergency Room RN
This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications which may be required of the employee assigned to the position. Depending on the size of the facility the job duties may vary. Receipt of the job description does not imply nor create a promise of employment, nor an employment contract of any kind; my employment with the Company is at-will.
Emergency nurses specialize in assessing, intervening and stabilizing a variety of trauma and illnesses with decisive action. Due to the range of medical conditions that may require urgent treatment and care, they must be knowledgeable about general as well as specific health issues.
Skills / Requirements
· Current RN licensure issued by the Board of Nurse Examiners of the State of Texas to practice professional nursing
· Current ACLS and PALS certification required.
The most important responsibility for an emergency nurse is understanding triage, which is a method of prioritizing injuries based on medical need. An emergency nurse must have the ability to make quick and accurate assessments about incoming patients, including both physical and mental health conditions.
Time management is crucial in this job. Along with triage, emergency nurses must quickly ascertain the following information from incoming patients:
- Identify the medical problem
- Document medical history
- Check for any allergies and current medications
- Obtain height, weight, body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure
Other responsibilities include moving patients, taking blood samples, cleaning and bandaging wounds, administering medications and maintaining proper supplies of medical equipment.
As with other health care professionals, emergency nurses are expected to comply with protocols, procedures and safety policies of a health care facility. Emotional stability, communication, leadership, sympathy and attention to detail are traits common among successful emergency nurses.
· Completes required orientation as directed by facility
· Follows facility and OSHA safety rules and procedures while on assignment
· Follows facility Unusual Occurrence Protocol
· Respects cultural and religious practices of patients
· Upholds HIPAA regulations
· Punctual and dependent for assigned/confirmed shifts
· Graduate of an accredited nursing program
· ACLS & PALS Required
· Current nursing license, in good standing with the State licensing board
· Minimum of one (1) year emergency room experience
· Cognitive skills as related to the position