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Trauma Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

Trauma Nurses treat patients in a state of emergency, and handle urgent situations where the cause of injury or disease isn’t yet known. They can work in hospital emergency rooms and other chaotic environments, and often need to coordinate with doctors, family members and other nurses. As a Trauma Nurse, you’ll be saving people’s lives every day.

Things You'll Do:

  • Admitting patients into the ER
  • Help maintain vital signs and prevent complications

Your job characteristics:

  • Fast-paced
  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • You’ll need a minimum of two years of emergency nursing experience before you apply to take your certification exam.
  • Get Your
    Emergency nursing certification from the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), then take your Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).
  • You can get certified in emergency (CEN), flight (CFRN), pediatric emergency (CPEN), and critical care ground transport (CTRN) nursing.
  • Become a
    Certified Trauma Nurse
  • You’ll need to get re-certified every few years, depending on where you work, by either retaking the exam, or logging continuing education hours.

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Emergency rooms in hospitals
    • Ambulances
    • Urgent care centers

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • You’ll work long, and sometimes odd hours, and will become quickly accustomed to situations where patients are severely and horrifically injured.
    • If you’re looking for a fast-paced career where saving lives is a daily occurrence, then becoming a trauma nurse may be for you.

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