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Triage Nurse


Job Summary:

The Triage Nurse will provide professional nursing assessments, prioritize treatments according to the urgency of need, and initiate medical care to patients arriving at the emergency department.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None.


  • Interviews patient (if possible) and/or family to obtain medical histories and to make an accurate assessment.
  • Assigns a triage priority based on observations and available information.
  • Initiates diagnostic and therapeutic measures as indicated by standing protocols.
  • Calls for crisis intervention if appropriate.
  • Communicates and acts as liaison with patients, family, and health professionals in a manner that respects confidentiality and dignity.
  • Coordinates the needs of the patient with supporting departments and assists in solving problems related to the welfare of patient and staff.
  • Charts concisely, descriptively, and legibly indicating patients progress or lack of progress.
  • Performs nursing procedures safely and efficiently.
  • Demonstrates understanding of and adheres to the hospitals infection control protocols.
  • Demonstrates compliance with exiting standards and policies.
  • Participates in mandatory in-services.

Required Skills/Abilities:

Education and Experience:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing, with a bachelors degree preferred.
  • Current state license as a registered nurse.
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification preferred.
  • Minimum of one year of experience in medical/surgical and one year of experience in critical or emergency care with specialized triage training.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand and walk for extensive periods of time.
  • Manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination to provide nursing care and operating equipment.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to stoop, squat, or bend frequently.
  • Corrected vision and hearing within normal range to observe and communicate with patients and professional staff.
  • Exposure to patient elements including communicable disease and bloodborne pathogens.
  • Exposure to toxic substances, ionizing radiation, medicinal preparations, and other common hazards of an emergency department.