How to Become an Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP)
Pathways to Becoming an Emergency Nurse Practitioner
What Is an Emergency Nurse Practitioner?
Should I Become an Emergency Nurse Practitioner?
Roles and Responsibilities
Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) Certifications
Emergency Nurse Practitioner Resources
Related Nurse Practitioner Careers
An emergency room (ER) nurse provides treatment for severe injuries, trauma, and other high-risk medical conditions in emergency care departments. An ER nurse can monitor health conditions, administer medicine, use medical equipment, and advise patients and their families on illness.
An emergency room nurse practitioner’s scope of practice is wide-ranging: an ENP may assess, diagnose, and manage illnesses, injuries, and trauma of patients across the lifespan, but is also able to address primary care needs. On a daily basis, an ENP may engage in triage, patient management, monitoring, and coordinating transfer of care. ENPs can also order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe medication, and perform bedside procedures.
An emergency room nurse practitioner can work in hospitals, trauma centers, urgent care facilities, and ambulances.
An emergency room nurse practitioner and critical care nurse practitioner are both qualified in acute care, as they can each provide short-term treatment for injuries, an episode of an illness, or an urgent medical condition. However, beyond providing acute care, an emergency room nurse practitioner can also treat chronic illness and conditions while critical care nurse practitioner, specialize solely in treating acute conditions like heart attacks or respiratory distress.
Currently, the only organization offering ENP certification is the AANP. The ANCC offers only renewal for ENP certification, so you must go through the AANP for initial certification as an ER nurse practitioner.