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Emergency Nursing Certification

What is Emergency Nursing?

Emergency nursing is the nursing of patients in a state of emergency, or when the patient is in a critical stage of injury or illness. Emergency nurses will usually be working in a hospital emergency rooms, but are also needed in other urgent care settings. They may be part of the stuff in ambulances or helicopters. Sometimes sport events or prisons will also hire certified emergency nurses to be on call. They can. Their duties include patient assessment and diagnosis, tending to the patients wounds and injuries, taking vital signs and more.

Is Emergency Nursing Right for You?

An emergency has to act fast in a state of great pressure, often without having yet a clear diagnosis of the patient's problem. In order to be a good emergency nurse you need to have a strong personality with the ability to make a quick analysis of a situation, and to make important decisions under pressure. You should also be a person who is not terrified when seeing people in distress, e.g. when victims of a car accident are brought in to the hospital directly from the accident scene in a bad state, with significant injuries.

The ENA (Emergency Nursing Association) gives the following check list for a good emergency nursing:

  • Ability to shift gears and accelerate your pace as needed
  • Good observation, assessment, and prioritization skills
  • Multi-tasking ability
  • Good interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Stamina
  • Good personal coping skills
  • Assertive patient advocate
  • Ability to maintain calm amidst chaos
  • Good sense of humor
  • Ability to think fast and on your feet

How do You get an Emergency Nursing Certification?

Having an Emergency Nursing Certification is not always a requirement when applying for a work as an emergency nurse, but it certainly will give you an advantage. It will also help you be a better emergency nurse.

In order to receive such a certification you should first be at least a registered nurse. Only RNs are accepted to the Emergency Nursing training programs. Some programs will accept only registered nurse with at least one year of actual clinical experience. Others are built for nurse practitioners, who are more advanced nurses.

The Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) certification is given by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN). A nurse who has completed an emergency nursing program can take a computer-administered examination. The CEN certification is given to those who pass this exam with a minimal score of 70%.

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