There are many specialties available to Nurses and choosing the right one can be a difficult decision. If you can work under pressure in a fast-paced and often-stressful environment while staying calm and collected, Emergency Nursing might be for you. For some people, working in the ER can be intimidating but, for others rewarding.
According to former trauma and transport Nurse Pat Carroll, “The Nursing duties are the same wherever you work, except in the Emergency department, everything is compressed.” She shares that ER Nurses are often evaluating and treating patients almost simultaneously, and they work with a team of specialists, such as radiologists and orthopedic experts, to provide the highest-quality care.
A new study shows the demographics and other findings of the Emergency Nursing workforce.
- There are an estimated 167,375 providers of direct patient care in the Emergency/Trauma/Transport Nursing workforce.
- 43% of the workforce is under 40 years old.
- 78% of the workforce are women.
- Compared to the overall Nursing workforce, Transport Nurses are more likely to be male.
- 78% of the RNs surveyed hold a BSN or higher.
- 58% hold specialty board certification.
- 65% are satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs and the work they do.
- $77,500 is the median salary for Emergency/Trauma/Transport Nurses working full-time.
Working as an Emergency Nurse can be nerve-racking and emotionally draining. It also requires working long hours in a dangerous environment due to exposure to different types of pathogens and patients. However, if you’re looking for a fast-paced Nursing career where new challenges await you daily, and you can truly make a difference, Emergency Nursing may be the perfect specialty for you.
If you are an ER Nurse we would love to hear about your experiences, please comment below!