Emergency Nurse Specialist

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Job Summary

Emergency Nurses work as part of multidisciplinary teams in accident and emergency departments and attend to a range of trauma and other extreme situations requiring medical intervention. Nurses can be members of disaster teams carrying out rescues or assisting at the scene of a major car accident or disaster. In a typical day, an Emergency Nurse could be responsible for:

  • Triaging and assessing patient needs, inclusion monitoring vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, temperature and pain level
  • Collecting medical history
  • Organising tests and monitoring results
  • Treating patients and transporting patients as required
  • Assisting to resuscitate patients
  • Treating less urgent patients, providing care and treatment of their injuries or illnesses
  • Admitting and discharging patients
  • Providing the evaluation and support needed for a patient to return home


Personal Qualities

Emergency nurses need to have a genuine interest in healthcare and a caring nature so they are able to empathise with and assist people in pain or suffering from trauma. As a part of a dynamic team, an emergency nurse must be multi-skilled and quick thinking in order to react to many challenging situations. An Emergency Nurse needs to act with a high degree of autonomy and have the ability to initiate treatment with limited direction while at the same time communicating effectively with and supporting the patient and their family.

Entrance Requirements

Emergency Nurses require a degree in Nursing and completion of a postgraduate program in Emergency Nursing. Nurses must also be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.  

Principal Employment Sectors and Industry

Emergency Nurses work in hospital Accident and Emergency departments.