Emergency Room Nursing Analytical Essay by Nicky

An overview of emergency room nursing.
# 150739 | 882 words | 1 source | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 01, 2012 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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This paper discusses the various roles and responsibilities of an emergency department nurse. According to the paper, the ED nursing staff is responsible for assessing patients as they enter the emergency department, a critical part of nursing care. Next, the paper explores the impact of patient overcrowding in the emergency room and its impact on the delivery of quality emergency care. Then, the paper compares and contrasts the risks and responsibilities of ED nurses versus surgical nurses. The paper notes that compared to a surgical nurse the stress on an ED nurse is greater. The paper concludes by stating that it takes a very special person to manage the stress and duties of a ED nurse, since one must work in a demanding environment that poses many risks to the nurse.


ED Nursing Responsibilities and Risks as Compared to Surgical Nurses

From the Paper:

"The ED nurse, having completed the assessment, must then prioritize the patient's state of urgency. Certainly patients complaining of chest pains accompanied by numbness in an extremity would be urgent, because such a patient could be in the process of experiencing a stroke or heart attack. Once in the emergency room itself, the patient will probably be seen either by the same nurse, or a second nurse, who will work with the physician who examines the patient. The nurse will then be responsible for coordinating the physician's orders with the various departments: pharmacy, radiology, and the other departments like ICU, or surgery. There is a need for the nurse to be proficient and efficient in her work, because ED's are experiencing an increasing number of patient visits, and there are normally more patient's waiting to be seen than is appropriate for the size of the facility's ED..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • GAO 2008. Hospital Surge Capacity: Not Ready for the "Predictable Surprise," United States House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, March 25, 2008.

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