Who are Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENP) and why are they vital for the present day health cares? Emergency Nurse plays a very important role in offering emergency cares to patients who are in dire requirements of the emergency cares to save their life or to ease their pains. For example, if you meet a road accident and taken to a hospital in a critical condition, the first nursing professional, who will be there to attend you is ENP. Similarly, if you are suffering from unbearable stomach pains, it is the emergency nurse that provides you care to ease your pain before diagnosing the ailment. In the same way, if you are fatally wounded by a gun shot and in a trauma, it is the ENP that attend you for the emergency care.
Emergency Nurse Overview
An ENP can be termed as a practicing nurse that are trained through education and training to assess, diagnose and treat varied common diseases, ailments and critical cares in an Emergency Care setting. They are the first treatment provider before the actual cause of the ailment or disease is known or, before the specialized cares is provided after the assessment and diagnosis.
ENPS work with the patients of all age groups including infants, children, adolescents, adults and elderly patients of varied races, gender or medical problems, and work in settings such as hospital or any other health care centers that have emergency center including ambulances, helicopters, military base, warships and cruises, sports arenas. They try to find out the severity of the problems initially, assesses the treatment requirements, diagnosis and prepare a care plan for the treatment.
It is also necessary that a ENP must posses both medical as well as general expertise, as they may have to provide cares to different types of cares in a emergency setting, from traumatic acute stomach pain to gunshot wounds, traffic accidents, broken bones, cardiac stroke and others.
ENP Work Place
Emergency Nurses work in hospital emergency rooms, ambulances, helicopters, urgent care centers, sports arenas and any other place a person may face emergency problem that may threaten their lives or put them into a critical condition. In such scenario they offer emergency cares before diagnosing the ailments.
Emergency Nurse Education
As associate Degree can be enough for the Emergency Nurse Education but due to the complexities of the treatments and cares, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree is desirable for advance clinical practice and knowledge. They must also earn a licensure as a registered nurse after completion of their BSN Program. In addition they must also get certification for CPR and Life Support.
Their education also requires them to appear for the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), a computer-administered examination of Emergency Nurses’ Association (ENA) for certification, which remains current for 4 years and need to be renewed by appearing in the exam again or by completing hundred continuing specialty education units (CEUs).
The certified ENP also have the option of the “open book exam” for the renewal. The exam comprises of 175 test questions, which include 25 sample questions and 150 test questions. The score of 75% & above clears the test. The test questions are based on the subjects such as General Medical Emergencies, Cardiovascular and Neurological Emergencies, Gynecological, Gastro-intestinal and Obstetrical emergencies and others.
The median average salary of Emergency Nurses is around $55, 000 to $78,000 & more annually, and the head ENP can earn nearly $67,000 to $117,000 per year, depending upon the facility, position, experience, education, degree and certification.
The per hour earning of the Emergency Nurse is around $23.00 to $ 37.00 & more depending upon the above give factors.