Emergency Nursing

Emergency Department nurses are responsible for the initial assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and stabilization of patients before transferring them to the relevant receiving hospital department.

Patients presenting to the Emergency Department can be of any age or background and come in for a variety of different reasons to include major trauma, minor injury, medical and surgical complaints and acute psychiatric conditions.

Emergency Department nurses work side by side with other medical professionals to ensure that these patients receive high quality and timely care to treat immediate life-threatening medical and surgical conditions. 

Emergency Department nurse work in a dynamic, fast paced, multifaceted environment performing patient exams, and are specifically trained and comfortable using advanced nursing skills and equipment to monitor and treat patients.

Emergency Department nurses triage patients to determine whether patients need immediate care or are stable enough to wait while more emergent cases receive treatment.

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Healthcare Assistants

  • Healthcare assistants provide support and direct personal care to patients in the Emergency Department. They work in support of health professionals, including emergency nurses, emergency medicine doctors, and allied health professionals.

Staff Nurse

  • Staff Nurses in the Emergency Department are responsible for the co-ordination, assessment, planning, implementation, and delivery of patient care within designated areas of the Emergency Department to include Majors, Isolation, Resuscitation, Triage, Geriatric Emergency Medicine, Clinical Decision Unit, Rapid Assessment and Streaming Triage Treatment Area (RASTTA) and Paediatrics.
  • Staff Nurses in the Emergency Department progress to and rotate throughout these different areas.
  • Staff nurses in the Emergency Department provide mentorship and preceptorship to student nurses, newly qualified and adaptation nurses, junior nursing colleagues as well as preceptorship to Post Graduate Diploma Emergency and trauma nursing students, and paramedic students.

Clinical Nurse Manager

Clinical Nurse Managers motivate and lead all members of staff and the multidisciplinary team daily to ensure optimum delivery of care, patient safety, staff morale and job satisfaction is achieved, by

  • Ensuring excellent communication, co-ordination, and co-operation – liaising continuously with staff, multidisciplinary team members, bed managers and nursing administration.
  • Providing mentorship and preceptorship to emergency staff and student nurses in the department. They conduct performance reviews and ensure optimum professional development is being achieved.
  • Promoting a safe culture by ensuring adherence to national and local hospital policies and guidelines.
  • Promoting and adhering strictly to infection control guidelines to ensure high quality Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) standards are achieved and maintained.
  • Engaging in quality improvement initiatives, key performance indicators, and nursing metrics within the emergency department.

There are many different CNM 2s within the Emergency Department. They include..

  • CNM 2 – Shift Leader
  • CNM 2 – Clinical Decisions Unit
  • CNM 2 – Geriatric Emergency Medicine Unit
  • CNM 2 – Paediatrics
  • CNM 2 – Admitted Patients

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

  • ANPs work under supervision performing thorough comprehensive, holistic health assessments of patients presenting to the ED with undifferentiated health conditions.
  • ANPs work within a defined scope of practice under the supervision of ED consultants, RANPs and ED registrars articulating safe boundaries and engaging in timely referral and collaboration in adherence to local PPPGs.
  • They practice compassionately to facilitate, optimise, promote, and support the health, comfort, quality of life and wellbeing of all patients presenting to the ED.
  • ANPs engage in continuous professional development and skills enhancement through relevant learning, clinical experience, on-going reflection, and clinical supervision.
  • They are involved in health promotion activities, self-management, and contribute to research by promoting innovation, leading service improvement, supporting evidence-based practice and working collaboratively to influence policy development.

Clinical Skills Facilitator

Clinical Skills Facilitator Emergency facilitate education and training of nurses within the department to ensure the highest professional standards using an evidence based practice framework and care planning approach.

  • Provide a high level of professional and clinical leadership through co-ordination, assessment, planning, delivery, and review of service user care by all staff in designated areas.
  • Co-ordinate a regular schedule of education, professional development, and clinical audit as well as being responsible for the assessment of standards of nursing and healthcare assistance practice.
  • Members of various governance Committees such as the Acutely Ill Deteriorating Patient Group the Major Emergency Planning Committee and the Resuscitation Committee, communicating and working in co-operation with other team members.
  • Engage in performance review processes including personal development planning and support clinical staff competency development.
  • Contribute to and ensure compliance with the formulation, development and implementation of policies and procedures at area and hospital level affecting service users, staff, and other hospital matters.

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