Getting to Know the Members of the ER Team
From heart attacks to broken bones, the ER team can handle it all. Healthcare providers who work in emergency departments are highly trained individuals who know how to quickly evaluate patients and rapidly initiate the treatment process. The ER team is comprised of multidisciplinary healthcare workers, including triage nurses, attending physicians, and specialist physicians, just to name a few. When you need to visit the ER of a community hospital, you’ll interact with many different staff members.
The first person you meet at an ER will likely be an administrative registration clerk. The clerk will enter your information into the hospital’s computer system, such as your full name, date of birth, and reason for your visit to the hospital. The clerk may also ask for the name of your primary care physician.
After registration is complete, a triage nurse will take over. The role of the triage nurse is to assess the severity of your health problem to determine whether you need to be seen right away or whether you can wait a little while. This way, someone with a life-threatening medical condition is evaluated immediately, whereas a person with a respiratory infection is directed to the waiting area. To help make this decision, the triage nurse will take your vital signs and ask you some questions about your health issue.
Treatment Area Staff
Once you’ve been shown to an exam room, the next person you meet is likely to be the primary ER registered nurse. This nurse can diagnose conditions, respond to injuries, and coordinate your care. It’s also likely that you’ll see an attending physician, who may have completed training in emergency medicine. Some patients may be seen by a specialist physician, depending on the circumstances. For example, some ER physicians specialize in cardiology, orthopedics, or neurology.
At Riverside Community Hospital, our highly trained ER team makes every effort to see each patient as quickly as possible. Residents of the Riverside area can find a comprehensive range of healthcare services at our community hospital, including OB/GYN services, organ transplant procedures, heart care, robotic surgery, and bariatric weight loss. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately; otherwise, you can direct non-emergent inquiries to a registered nurse at (951) 788-3463.