Can you work in the ER if you have an Associates Degree?

Specialties Emergency


Or do you need a BSN? :)

Nurse Ratched, RN

2,149 Posts

Specializes in Geriatrics/Oncology/Psych/College Health.

As long as you have your licensure, you can work as a nurse in the ER - route you used to get there is irrelevant :).

Specializes in PeriOp, ICU, PICU, NICU.

Yes, you can be a nurse in the ER al long as you have your license :p


12 Posts

YAY!!! well, of course I know that you need your license its just that I was very curious because to me the ER and regular nursing seem a bit different, but then again what do I know im just 17. ANYWAYS, can I constantly work there or are there going to be rotations and stuff.

Trauma Columnist

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN

97 Articles; 21,237 Posts

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

In our busy level one trauma center (the most intense), we don't "rotate" or float out of the ER. Good luck!


25 Posts

The ER is nothing like the floor. I've been a Paramedic/Firefighter for 8yrs and just got my RN and moved to the ER. I love it!!! The floor I think is move like a hotel...not for me. If you like a very fast pace with the opportunity to treat every kind of illness than the ER is for you. :rotfl:

Aneroo, LPN

1 Article; 1,518 Posts

Specializes in Cath Lab, OR, CPHN/SN, ER.

Yep- you learn the same skills whether you get your BSN or ADN. I have my ADN, and started out in the ED. Good luck-Andrea


931 Posts

I have an ADN and got hired in a Level 1 Trauma center as a GN. I take my boards next week and pray that I pass. I started my job there on June 6th and already have ACLS, PALS, and TNCC.


154 Posts

Specializes in ER.

Oh yeah, i have my ASN and I work in a awsome ER. And most of my coworkers are ADN's as well. But if you strive to work in management then you will need a BSN. I on the other hand dont want to be anyones boss so I will probably not get my BSN anytime soon. And were I work the pay is the same because you have the same license and take the same test that a BSN does.


18 Posts

i've worked 11 years in the ER with an ADN. i can't think of a one of my coworkers who have a BSN currently. like someone else said the pay rate is no different.

the bonus with my hospital come with certifying in your area. CEN gets a $1000 bonus each december for those who have it. same with all the other areas.


94 Posts

I am in charge of an ER and have an associate's.

Associates vs. BSN doesn't matter - do you have the skills? That's the important thing. Or can you learn them?

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