The emergency department technician is responsible for assisting doctors, nurses, and other medical staff with providing medical care to emergency room patients. Depending on their facility, the daily tasks and workload for an emergency department technician may vary. The emergency department technician is often one of the first people that a patient sees when they arrive at the hospital. They are in charge of examining patients after initial check-in and answering any questions and helping patients to feel comfortable as they wait for a doctor.
Emergency department technicians usually work in hospitals, but they may also work at urgent care clinics or assisted care facilities. They interface with a wide variety of medical professionals including doctors, nurses, physicians, and physician assistants; additionally, hospital emergency department technicians work directly with patients and their families. This position may be part time or full time and may require nights or weekends depending on the needs of their employer. Travel is rarely necessary. The emergency department technician generally works directly under the supervision of the emergency department registered nurses and doctors.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required for this position. Additionally, candidates must be a registered nurse assistant, a licensed EMT paramedic, or a licensed practice nurse. Nursing students are generally permitted to apply for this position once they have completed at least three clinical courses or have six months of related healthcare experience.
Emergency Department Technician Tasks
Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure vital signs, if possible.
Bathe, shave, or drape patients to prepare them for treatment or examination.
Observe patients' conditions and vital signs, and report changes to professional staff.
Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
Assist emergency room staff in caring for injured or ill patients.