Trauma Nurse

A Trauma Nurse helps patients who are suffering from an acute injury or illness where the cause of injury or disease hasn’t been diagnosed yet.
Required education
ADN or BSN
Average annual salary
Attributes
Fast-paced
React and make decisions quickly in demanding conditions.
Patient-facing
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Structured
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Varied
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll work in a busy and exciting environment, making a difference by saving lives every day.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do

Collaboration

You’ll collaborate with doctors, family members, and other nurses.

Counsel

You’ll provide patients and families with emotional support and refer them to relevant support groups if needed.

Documentation

You’ll keep a record of the cases of abuse and child neglect that you deal with.

Treatment

You’ll administer CPR, first aid, medications, and fluid and blood IVs, treat wounds, help to maintain vital signs, and prevent complications.

Where you’ll work
  • Ambulance transport/flight nursing
  • Emergency rooms
  • Hospitals
  • Intensive care units
  • Trauma centers
How to become a Trauma Nurse

02

Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.

03

Get certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support through the American Heart Association.

Some employers may also require the Trauma Nursing Core Course Certification and Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course Certification.

04

You’re ready to work as a Trauma Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Trauma Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
Related Organizations
A Flight Nurse’s role is also fast-paced.
A Telephone Triage Nurse is another type of emergency nurse.
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