March 4, 2015
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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The majority of ER nurses work in emergency rooms in hospitals but that’s not the only workplace option. ER nurses are also employed with local organisations where they provide services as members of helicopter flight teams or ambulance crews that transport critically ill people. Larger hospitals and paediatric medical centres also employ ER nurses who are specially trained to work with children.
As a qualified ER nurse, you could also work in the armed forces where you would provide emergency care to military personnel you provide care in community settings or teach CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) and first aid classes.
You could also use your skills to provide emergency care to mass casualties in disaster situations at home and around the world.
ER nurses face challenges that are seen in very few other areas of nursing. The environment in any emergency room is usually busy and chaotic as ER staff care for patients who require immediate medical attention. This is a high-pressure environment where life and death situations are routine. The frequent exposure to traumatic injuries, emotionally charged situations and death can take its toll. Studies show that nurses who work in ER are more likely to develop emotional fatigue and post-traumatic stress disorder. According to the experts, focusing on the lives you’ve saved and accepting that you cannot possibly save all of the patients you attend to in the ER is the best way to make it in this specialty.
The job outlook for ER nurses is excellent. Emergency room nurses are consistently one of the specialties that are always in demand. However, only a select few individuals possess all the physical, mental and emotional traits as well as the academic skills necessary for this specialty. If you are one of them, the potential is tremendous not only within the country but also with international aid organisations such as the Red Cross, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and several others. These are organisations that respond immediately to disasters around the world, from war-torn areas to those affected by natural calamities. At times like these, the need of the hour is experienced emergency workers, especially experienced emergency nurses who have the skills and expertise to conduct triage operations and attend to critically injured patients en masse.
With hospitals and emergency care centres within the country as well as with global aid organisations, this is a specialty that pays higher than most other nursing specialties and will always be in huge demand.