Triage Nurse, Triage Nursing Schools, Education, Training, Jobs, and Careers

What is a Triage Nurse?
A triage nurse is a registered nurse who usually works in an emergency room. You will find her offering care directly to patients. Some of the duties of a triage nurse include the following:

• Responsible for initial care and treatment of ER patients
• Assessing the conditions of the patient accurately and quickly
• Getting medical histories
• Administering medicines
• Taking and monitoring vital signs
• Transporting their patients to the operating and/or imaging rooms

In order to do this kind of work, you must be a confident nurse, a quick decision maker and an excellent communicator. These are skills that can be developed over time and by further education.

As a phone triage nurse, you will have to donate a lot of time and effort to the particular case. Someday you will be able to talk to patients over the phone and make a determination as to how serious their illness is and what is the next step they must take in their recovery process.

How to Become a Triage Nurse:
The first step you must take to become a triage nurse is to graduate from an accredited high school or at least have a GED. The next thing you must do is take the ACT or SAT in order to enter either a two or four-year program. It is recommended these days, with so much competitiveness in the nursing field, to get your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or BSN. You will take such courses as the following:

• Anatomy
• Chemistry
• Behavioral Science
• Pharmacology
• Physiology
• Medical Terminology
• Nutrition
• Microbiology
• Clinical rotations - done in a clinic or hospital - will accumulate hands on experience while working alongside an experienced registered nurse.

You must the study and pass the NCLEX-RN or National Council Licensure Examination. This test that you must pass in order to practice your nursing skills will ensure that you will have acquired the knowledge as well as the ability to function as an entry-level nurse. You can expect the exam to cover such things as individual health promotion and maintenance, pharmacological therapies, coping mechanisms, safe and effective care management, basic comfort and care, care management, grief and loss and health promotion.

You may also think about enrolling in a program that concentrates on emergency nursing triage training. This program has the approval of the Emergency Nurses Association. If you successfully complete this certification program, you will be able to work in an emergency room.

This exam covers such things as triage protocols, legal issues that arise in emergency nursing care, expediting patient care and rapid patient assessment all in the light of triage nursing.

As we said above, a nurse in triage will usually be working in the hospital's ER. There may be a lot of opportunities that will be available online; however, you should contact a representative in human resources within the hospital or medical facility. The triage nurse may find more job opportunities in large urban areas.

Triage Nurse Salary:
Triage nurses make on the average $63,000 per year. There are some that make as much as $74,000 per year. The money you make depends on where you work, your level of responsibility, and experience.

Triage Nursing School:
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The school is ITT Institute. It has all kinds of diplomas and degrees in nursing. It even offers a diploma in vocational or practical nursing. In as little as 12 months, you will be done with this program and on your way to making the above money.

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