Emergency Room Trauma Nurse Career Guide

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Trauma Emergency Room Registered Nurses (RNs) are dedicated healthcare professionals who provide immediate and critical care to patients with severe injuries or life-threatening conditions. Working in a fast-paced and intense environment, these nurses play a crucial role in stabilizing patients and collaborating with the medical team to save lives. If you're drawn to high-pressure situations and have a


To become a Trauma Emergency Room RN, you'll need a nursing degree, typically an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). These programs provide the foundational knowledge and clinical skills required for emergency care.

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Related certifications

After completing your nursing education, obtaining licensure as a Registered Nurse is essential, and you must pass the NCLEX exam. You may also consider obtaining certifications in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), pediatric advanced life support (PALS) and trauma nursing core course (TNCC) to enhance your qualifications for this specialty.

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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Trauma ER RNs need strong critical thinking and decision-making skills to assess and respond to rapidly changing patient conditions. Effective communication, teamwork and the ability to stay composed under pressure are also crucial skills in this fast-paced and dynamic environment.

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Trauma ER RNs manage multiple patients simultaneously, prioritize care based on the severity of their conditions, administer medications, document patient information accurately and collaborate with physicians, surgeons and other medical staff to ensure comprehensive and timely care.

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Emergency Room Trauma Nurse

The average salary for a Emergency Room Trauma Nurse is $2,196.12 per week.

Last updated on September 30, 2023. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Becoming a Trauma Emergency Room RN offers numerous rewards. You'll be at the forefront of saving lives and making a meaningful impact in critical situations. This specialty often provides varied experiences and opportunities for skill development. Additionally, emergency nursing can offer competitive salaries and job stability.

However, the role can be physically and emotionally demanding. Trauma ER RNs face high-stress situations,

Emergency Room Trauma Nurse Jobs

View job details for West Bend, WITravel ContractWest Bend, WITravel Nurse RN - Trauma ER - Emergency RoomFroedtert Health$2,165/wk
Posted 4 days ago
View job details for Greenbrae, CATravel ContractGreenbrae, CATravel Nurse RN - Trauma ER - Emergency RoomAdvantis Medical$3,040/wkEstimated pay package
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Posted 8 days ago
View job details for Los Angeles, CATravel ContractLos Angeles, CATravel Nurse RN - Trauma ER - Emergency RoomAdvantis Medical$2,980/wkEstimated pay package
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View job details for Minneapolis, MNTravel ContractMinneapolis, MNTravel Nurse RN - Trauma ER - Emergency RoomAdvantis Medical$2,955/wk
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Posted 2 days ago

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