NP's in the ER???

  1. Just curious - as someone who is looking at the NP profession as a long term goal (that and med school, please don't flame me for saying that, I do realize they are completely different professions!) -- do you find many NP's in the hospital setting? I haven't found one yet where I am volunteering.....

    Most importantly to me, any NP's in the ER? ICU? SICU?

    Where are NP's mostly utilized? Doctor's offices?

    TIA!
    -HG
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  3. by   rjflyn
    The peds neurosurgical team in our hospital has one. I have seen a couple others as well but cant recall which service they were with, nephrology maybe .


    Rj
  4. by   Gompers
    Lots of nurse practitioners in the NICU. They are responsible for about 1/3 of the babies on the unit, write all the orders, do all the major procedures, go on transports, etc. They just need to run everything by the docs during rounds and then have their medication orders co-signed.
  5. by   youngRNstudent
    Yes, at my hospital they use FNP's in the ER, as well as NP's in all the ICU's.

    In the ER I think they are mostly used for the "fast track" taking care of emergencies that aren't really serious.
  6. by   TMPaul
    Quote from youngRNstudent
    Yes, at my hospital they use FNP's in the ER, as well as NP's in all the ICU's.

    In the ER I think they are mostly used for the "fast track" taking care of emergencies that aren't really serious.
    NP's are used in the ER, ICU/CCU, Occupational Health, Surgery, and Radiology Diagnostics in the instituition where I am employed.
  7. by   PA-C in Texas
    In the ED where I very recently worked for several years, PA's and NP's basically ran the place. It was very rural ED. Each one of us saw all the patients, from major multi-system trauma to sore throat. All trained in ATLS, and really got to do everything an ER physician does.
  8. by   Altra
    Quote from Hopegirl

    Most importantly to me, any NP's in the ER? ICU? SICU?

    Where are NP's mostly utilized? Doctor's offices?
    One of the hospitals where I have clinicals is currently looking to hire to NPs and a PA specifically for the ER.
  9. by   Cardiology EP NP
    I work at Loyola Medical center in chicago and here they hire NP's in many areas of the hospital such as NICU, Amb surg., Hepatology, and not to mention the floor I work on which is telemetry and the list goes on and on. On my floor, the NP's do the assessments on many of the post surgicals and they write orders. (And the don't work the grueling hours that residents work).

    There are many opportunities out there.
  10. by   CapeMaui
    My teacher, who's a FNP, just got a job at the ER of the hospital where we're doing our med/surg rotation! From what I can tell, lots of NPs do work in the hospital here in NY.
  11. by   NeuroICURN
    Quote from MLOS
    One of the hospitals where I have clinicals is currently looking to hire to NPs and a PA specifically for the ER.
    Which hospital??? (I work in Pgh already)
  12. by   Altra
    Quote from NeuroICURN
    Which hospital??? (I work in Pgh already)
    NeuroICURN, I sent ya a PM.
  13. by   Lilnurse0803
    When I volunteered in an OB/GYN clinic in a NYC hospital, there was one Women's Health NP that worked alongside three CNM's and one MD.

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