Emergency Department Nurse salaries in New Jersey

Average Emergency Department Nurse Salary

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The average salary for an Emergency Department Nurse in New Jersey is $40.52 per hour. This is 8% higher than the US average of $37.24.

Estimate based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

What is an Emergency Department RN?

Visits to emergency departments increase every year, which keeps emergency department nurses in demand. ED nurses work in unpredictable, high-intensity environments, treating patients in all age groups. They primarily work in emergency departments at hospitals, but they may also find employment in trauma units, burn centers, urgent care centers, disaster zones, military bases and correctional facilities. The rising need for RNs in the emergency medical field often fuels hefty salaries, but several factors can impact an ED nurse’s paycheck.

Emergency department nurses are registered nurses who specialize in providing immediate assessments and care to patients experiencing potentially life-threatening crises. They prioritize care based on the critical nature of each case and help stabilize and treat patients. ED nurses may discharge patients once the emergency passes or arrange hospital admittance for further treatment.

There aren’t any special educational requirements to become an ED nurse beyond what’s required to become a registered nurse. Therefore, they must earn an Associate or a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Upon graduation, they must pass the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

How to increase your Emergency Department RN salary

You can become an ED nurse with only an associate degree but pursuing your BSN can potentially increase your salary. If you already possess a BSN, consider an advanced degree. A Master of Science in Nursing may open career paths in advanced roles that come with higher salaries, such as an emergency nurse practitioner position.

If you want to become an emergency nurse practitioner, you first need national certification as a family nurse practitioner. Once you have this credential, there are three routes you can take to sit for the exam for Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification. You can complete:

Becoming a certified emergency nurse practitioner should increase your salary significantly. You can also enhance your skills and potentially your pay through professional certifications that only require an unrestricted RN license and no additional education.

The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing offers two relevant certifications. Two years of experience in an emergency department setting is recommended but not required to sit for either certification exam. The Certified Emergency Nurse credential is ideal for ED nurses wanting to demonstrate their expertise and skills in emergency nursing. Because ED nurses may treat trauma patients, you may also consider the Trauma Certified Registered Nurse credential to demonstrate your expertise and knowledge in trauma nursing. Either certification has the potential of increasing your salary since many employers favor certified staff.

What cities in New Jersey pay the most for Emergency Department Nurses?

Somerville is currently the highest paying city in New Jersey for Emergency Department Nurse jobs, paying up to $61/hr. This is 4% lower than the average pay for Emergency Department Nurse roles in New Jersey.

Other top paying cities include Edison, paying up to $61/hr, Perth Amboy, paying up to $61/hr, and Englewood, paying up to $61/hr.

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