Hi writergirl. Here's a little info about emergency RNs I found on a website:
The emergency nurse comes to the team in a number of ways. One way is completing a 4 year degree in college to obtain a B.S.N. (bachelor of science in nursing). Alternately a 3 year diploma program (usually at a hospital) or a 2 year associates degree program (usually at a community college) can be completed. After completing any of these academic endeavors the nursing graduate is eligible to take a licensing exam. After passing this exam the nursing graduate becomes a R.N. (registered nurse) and can now practice nursing. Many emergency nurses take an additional exam to become a C.E.N. (Certified Emergency Nurse). As of 1997 there were 75,000 emergency nurses in the U.S., of which 25,902 were certified by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nurses."
Also, I can't help but add that though ADN nursing programs
are 2 year programs (Associate Degree), they all require prerequisites, which makes the reality of becoming an entry level RN a bit longer than 2 years. The basic prereqs are usually: English, Math, Psych, Nutrition,Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and Chemistry. Those must be taken PRIOR to starting the 2 year program. ;-)
Please let us know if you help with any further research. Best of luck on your story!