Career Profile: Trauma Nurse

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Trauma nurses are registered nurses, most often emergency nurses, who specialize in the treatment of trauma patients. They treat patients in all settings in the hospital or care facility, including the pre-hospital setting, emergency department, the operating room, intensive care units, surgical floors, rehabilitation and outpatient services. They may also work as bedside clinicians, educators, prevention specialists, researchers, administrators, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners.

In addition to their training as an emergency nurse, in order to become a trauma nurse the RN must have additional training in the treatment of trauma patients as well as have experience treating them.

See also Registered Nurse, Emergency Nurse.

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In 2018, workers with a bachelor's degree or higher had almost twice as much
median earnings per week than workers with only a high school diploma.*
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