I am in my last semester of nursing school and would like to eventually get into triage nursing. I don’t mind taking some time getting great experience and solidifying my nursing skills before making the jump. So what skills would you consider to be foundational to a competent triage nurse?
What environment are you going to triage in? Are you talking working as the triage nurse in an emergency department? If so, you have to work in the ER and be a very good ER nurse. The triage nurse in the ER needs to be able to make the “sick” or “not sick” determination very quickly and be efficient with data gathering and charting.
If you are talking about triage nursing in some other capacity … I don’t know, but being able to think quickly and prioritize are very important skills for any type of triage.
Thanks for the quick response Jason. I have only known the ER and ICU, so those were the places I was initially thinking of going. Are there other areas similar to these (quick paced type of environments) that I am not aware of?
Urgeant care clinics, walk in clinics, Combat Support Hospitals, 3rd world medical mission clinics.
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