Emergency Department nurses practice within their roles, driven by state and national governing bodies, Emergency Medical Services administration, guidelines from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), as well as evidence based practice recommendations.
Each nurse can perform IV insertion, lab draws, medication administration and titration, nursing assessments, wound treatment and much more. They act as an integral part in delegation of tasks, medical care at the bedside and team-driven patient care alongside emergency physicians and pre-hospital services. They gather health information, perform safety and health screenings, communicate their findings to the healthcare team and begin each patient's plan of care.
Emergency nurses are able to become certified in multiple areas: Critical Care, Emergency Nursing, Burn Life Support, Neurological Life Support, Pre-hospital nursing, Pediatric care and more. All emergency nurses are encouraged to pursue certification to better their own patient care and assessment.