Triage Nurse

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Basic description

A triage nurse is a specialized emergency department (ED) nursing role that is responsible for conducting a focused assessment and prioritizing a patient’s clinical condition for the purpose of providing immediate care if the patient requires it. Although the triage nurse does not usually provide immediate care, she may be required to deliver hands-on care if the situation calls for it.

Educational requirements

Active registered nurse license and Bachelor of Science in Nursing are preferred. Previous ED or triage experience is highly desired for this role; Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support certifications are required.

Core competencies/skills needed

■ Excellent assessment and problem-solving skills
■ Ability to perform in high-stress situation that calls for quick thinking and analysis
■ Good communication skills

Related Web sites and professional organizations

■ Emergency Nurses Association (www.ena.org)
■ Association of Critical Nurses Association (www.aacn.org)

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