In order to become a Certified Emergency Nurse, one must have a Registered Nursing (RN) license and pass an exam. The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing recommends that candidates also have two years of experience in emergency care, but it is not required. Nursing students can take courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in order to prepare for this career.
Here are a few common concepts taught in certified emergency nurse courses:
- Patient observation and care
- Blood tests
- Group meetings
- Medical charts
- Medical environments
List of Courses
Advanced Health Assessment Course
Methods of advanced nursing practice are explored. Students examine healthcare strategies, policies and trends affecting professional nursing practice. This course emphasizes concepts and theories needed for assuming leadership roles in the development, research and evaluation of healthcare. Students develop critical thinking, group dynamic and decision-making skills to prepare for the critical role as an emergency room and trauma care nurse.
Diagnostic Testing and Monitoring Course
Students in this course learn to assess, diagnose and monitor acutely ill patients. The course allows students to participate in discussions and laboratory sessions to help them refine decision-making skills, perform specialized assessments and learn to interpret patient charts, blood tests and EKG results.
Clinical Pharmacology Course
This course offers students an introduction to modern pharmacology. Students gain a basic understanding of major drug categories and concepts concerning drug use in modern medicine. The course helps students learn to identify different drugs used for organ systems, such as the nervous, cardiovascular and reproductive. Students also have a chance to discuss recent advances in medicine for infectious and inflammatory diseases, cancer and AIDS.
Clinical Practicum Course
Nursing students are required to participate in a practicum to develop advanced nursing skills in a medical setting. The course is typically arranged at a local hospital or clinic where students work under a doctor's close supervision. Students also meet with a faculty member to discuss the clinical and possible application of theory and principles to clinical care and coordinator roles.
Management of Acutely Ill and Injured Patients Course
This course prepares students to work as part of an intensive care team providing critical to patients in the surgical and operating room. Students in this course work in a clinical lab under the direct supervision of faculty members. They learn to assess patients and read medical charts, along with interpreting medical data and blood, x-ray and EKG results. At the end of the course, students should have gained experience formulating patient care plans, performing diagnostic procedures and providing basic care for the patient.