One wrong turn can change everything.

Patients often arrive at the emergency room in serious, life-threatening conditions. Car accidents. Heart attacks. Allergic reactions. A registered nurse has to be ready for anything. Their unique combination of knowledge and skills helps make sure everyone gets the treatment they need when they need it most.

When RNs provide care, complications are minimized, patients are discharged earlier and new patients receive care sooner.
“Being a registered nurse means being accountable for providing safe care, treating patients with compassion dignity and respect. It also evokes humanity skills like empathy, sympathy and kindness. What we are trained to do is to be a patient advocate, to manage our time and keep our patients safe, especially in a high volume high turnover department.”

When a person arrives in the ER, the triage RN is one of the first people to see them. The triage RN has the knowledge and training to determine how urgently a patient requires care. This initial RN assessment ensures patients are getting the care they need in order of priority based on the seriousness of their illness or injury.

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In the emergency room, every step counts.

Once admitted to the ER, registered nurses continue to play a critical role in assessing patients and providing invaluable insight to doctors. Their knowledge and experience helps them to detect changes in a patient’s health, ensures they get the proper treatment, and reduces the chances of similar problems in the future.

“Having the right number of registered nurses on the ward improves patient safety. I do feel registered nurses help me be the best doctor I can be.”
— Dr. Joel Mamchur

Research shows that the more care delivered by RNs in hospitals, the lower the odds of patients acquiring infections or developing complications.

Each patient in the emergency room is like a puzzle. Registered Nurses see the whole picture—their age, living situation, career—to understand their unique situation. RNs have the training and experience to manage and assist with a variety of emergency situations, from complaints about broken bones and sprained ankles to cardiac arrest.

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On the road to recovery, it helps to have the right guide.

Registered nurses are essential in providing emergency room patients with the treatment they need as they recover. And that goes beyond administering medicine. RNs also provide a sense of warmth, care and comfort.

Leaving the care of the emergency room can often be scary and confusing for patients. But RNs are there to help guide next steps of their journey, from treatment to prevention. When surgery is involved, RNs explain the steps that patients and families need to take for a full recovery, as well as detailing any potential signs of trouble.
"Even if you are not responding to me, I will continue to tell you what’s happening. Even if you can’t communicate that you understand, I will continue to explain everything that’s going on around you.”
Erin Rutten, RN, Emergency
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Studies have found that higher RN staffing in hospitals is directly linked to lower patient death rates in surgical, medical and ICU units.

RNs are an irreplaceable part of emergency room care

From the time patients arrive to long after they’re discharged, the knowledge and expertise provided by RNs simply saves lives.