Emergency Room Technician (ER Tech)
Emergency Room Tech CERT $105
Emergency room technicians (ERT) are healthcare professionals who assist with patient care in a hospital’s emergency room. An ERT works under the supervision of doctors and registered nurses. He or she may be responsible for performing tests on emergency room patients, setting up diagnostic machines and preparing patients for exams. Some ERTs are students working to become doctors or nurses. Others continue medical training to become paramedics or emergency medical technicians.
Job Duties an Emergency Room Technician might perform
As an emergency room technician, your main function is to support registered nurses in a hospital emergency department in order to provide the highest quality patient care. Your duties are divided between clinical and clerical roles as needed. Clinical responsibilities for (ERTs) may include set up and maintain emergency room equipment, taking vital signs, temperature and blood pressure; obtaining necessary lab specimens; treating wounds and placing casts. Your supervisor may ask for additional assistance with patient procedures within the boundaries of your scope of practice. As an emergency room technician, you also have administrative obligations that include assisting with patient transfers and discharge, maintaining a clean and safe environment, documenting patient information and replenishing supplies.
The Importance of Certification
NHCWA Certification allows healthcare workers and employers to validate their knowledge and abilities and the mastery of industry-specific skills. Achieving certification helps healthcare organizations demonstrate that their business is run effectively by qualified staff. Meanwhile, recertification reflects a commitment to ongoing learning and improvements. Additionally, organizations that are NHCWA certified can successfully demonstrate to patients, employees and other companies that they use industry-respected best practices.
NHCWA Certification Benefits Patients and Families: NHCWA Certification provides validation that a medical organization and its employees have demonstrated the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the complex requirements of the healthcare industry. This ensures high quality care delivery, which can give patients and families peace of mind.
NHCWA Certification Benefits Healthcare Professionals: In order to become certified, healthcare professionals must validate their industry-specific knowledge and skills. Passing the certification process allows them to position themselves for appropriate recognition, and it can give them a critical sense of confidence and achievement.
NHCWA Certification Benefits Employers: Certification is a vehicle for hospitals to distinguish themselves from competitors. It demonstrates to consumers that the organization attracts only the most skilled and experienced healthcare workers. Achieving NHCWA certification (and meeting the continuing education requirements necessary to maintain it) also contributes to an environment of professionalism and a culture of employee retention. This is especially critical given the severe shortage of qualified healthcare workers.
Certification/Licensing: Each individual state decides licensing requirements for ER Technicians, but most states do not at this time. Although no state’s at this time requires ER technician certification, getting your certification in diagnostic medical sonography can be a good move. Check the state’s requirements before you register for the this certification Exam.
NHCWA ER Technician Certification Requirements:
One of these requirements must be met:
•Graduation from an allied health vocational training program
•One year of work experience in the field
•Military experience/training in the field
•Reciprocity from another certifying agency