​Emergency Center Nursing

Department Patient Population:

Our 15 bed  Emergency Department is equipped to care for patients of all ages. Approximately 18,000 patients a year present to our Emergency Department for medical treatment, and we care for many different types of complaints or injuries across the spectrum. Our Emergency Department treats patients with minor illness or injuries like a sprained ankle or cold to major trauma from motor vehicle accidents.

We are always equipped and prepared because there is no way to predict what we may see on any given day.

Physical Characteristics of the department:
  • 15 private patient rooms, including 2 fully equipped trauma rooms.
  • The department has rooms that are easily converted to psychiatric rooms to ensure the safety of our patients. 13 of the15 rooms have cardiac monitoring capability and we have portable cardiac monitors should more be needed.
  • Two negative pressure rooms for patients with tuberculosis or any other type of airborne illness.
  • All rooms are set up the same with access to multiple mobile carts, so that we can place a patient with any type of complaint in any room.  
  • The Emergency Department contains radiology equipment, so patients do not have to leave the department for x-rays.
  • A helipad for Lifeflight helicopters is located in the parking lot near the Emergency Department’s ambulance entrance, for patients requiring urgent transfer.

Staffing Considerations:

We staff our Emergency Department with Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and ED Techs who are Certified Nursing Assistants. All staff are emergency room trained. 

A day and night charge nurse is responsible for coordinating the department, managing flow, assigning nursing staff to patients, and working with in house and ancillary services to provide our patients the best and most expeditious care possible.

Multiple nurses are Board Certified Emergency Nurses and Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners.   All nursing staff in the Emergency Department have certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Trauma Nursing and Critical Care. Some staff have additional certifications such as STABLE which is specialty critical care for infants and young children and Neonatal Resuscitation and critical care. RSS