ER Nurses Week – Celebrating our Front Line Heroes!
Many will say that it takes a special breed to be an emergency nurse. As all nurses are special, this ER Nurses Week, we’d like to give you a little insight as to why they are considered the “front line heroes of the ER”. An emergency center must be fully equipped to take on any type of medical emergency from its equipment to its specialized staff. These exceptional professionals possess certain traits making them highly effective during the most critical scenarios.
Traits of a Great ER Nurse
You only need to look into the eyes of happy patients or their loved ones to understand the paramount role of an ER nurse. Saving lives is not for everyone. The following are just a few traits that make an emergency nurse so special:
- THINK QUICKLY & TAKE ACTION. In an ER, at any moment there may be anything from minor emergencies to life-or-death situations. For this reason, they must have the knowledge and experience to be able to judge the severity of the patient’s situation and assess the next course of action to take quickly and accurately.
- NERVES OF STEEL. An ER Nurse should have the capacity to almost establish the tone of their environment. During an emergency, it is a vital trait to carry as ER nurses must remain in the eye of the storm able to calm patients and their families.
- MASTER MULTITASKER. Emergency nurses must be well-organized and practice careful time management skills so as to provide genuine comfort, reassurance, and care to their patients, as well as being the essential intermediary between the patient and the doctors.
- GENUINELY NICE. People will feel more at ease during critical situations with a good-natured, friendly, pleasant soul by their side. This is something that must come naturally and is genuinely heartfelt. A patient will find it easier to relax and listen to someone with these traits. This way, a good ER nurse will be able to find it easier to communicate in an honest and direct manner.
- CARING SOULS. People will see how much they care about them not by what they say, but by their actions. They will be happy to pull long shifts and always remain compassionate to those they are caring for. They will be happy to answer questions and do their best to fulfill each special request. Both cool-headed yet warm-hearted, they will bend over backward to make your experience the most comfortable possible. This is one of the reasons why ER nurses are called, “Angels in Scrubs”.
Wishing Everyone a Happy ER Nurses Week 2023!
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