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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.