Inside Triage Nurse Careers

Things you need to know, but nobody tells you

Biggest Surprises

"Nursing is listening. You have to listen to the patients, the doctors and other staff. If you can't listen and take criticism.. not for you" (Triage Nurse; 2013)

Career: 11 years of experience, currently based in Oregon, female
School: Studied Nursing Assistant at Ashford University in Iowa; completed Bachelor degree in 2008

"I was surprised to see how many hours the job takes and how exhausting it is. There is always something to learn since it is always changing. I will always be surprised by the injuries people get and how they get them." (Nurse; 2012)

Career: , currently based in Illinois, male
School: Studied Nursing at Loyola University; completed Bachelor degree in 2011

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Office/Triage Nurse: "The best part of my job is when someone comes back and says something I said or did made a difference in their outcome. Certainly, there is some satisfaction to be had when you get the diagnosis right and everything has a happy ending. But there is some satisfaction too in knowing you helped a family experience a peaceful death of their family member. The worst part of my job is dealing with unrealistic expectations. That can be from patients, insurers, or even our own administrators. We have become a business, and have become focused on the bottom line." (2011)

Career Background

Triage Nurse

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Career Tips

"There's Always More To Learn...
continue your education. Never stop learning. Find something that you are good at and like and excel at it." (Triage Nurse; 2013)

"Take A General Nursing Job First...
Take a good anatomy and physiology course in high school. It will make the ones you have to take in college easier. Before going to work in a specialty unit, work a year of general medical-surgical nursing. Knowing a second language, particularly Spanish, is very helpful." (Office/Triage Nurse; 2011)