Emergency Room Technician

Assist doctors and nurses in the emergency room.

What does an Emergency Room Technician do?

Emergency room technicians provide specialized assistance to doctors and nurses in the emergency room. You assess patients for injuries or illnesses, monitor vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse and temperature, and collect samples for laboratory analysis. You also administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR, clean and suture wounds, hook patients up to medical devices, prepare them for procedures, and hand over instruments to doctors to perform medical interventions. Moving patients, fitting casts, and certain clerical duties such as taking patient histories, admitting and discharging patients, and scheduling appointments are part of your job. Other duties include restocking supplies, maintaining medical equipment, and sanitizing rooms and tools. As an emergency room technician, your first concern is the safety of the patient, so you follow all safety regulations and respect the patient’s privacy.

A high school diploma, hands-on training, and a certification in CPR and basic life support (BLS) are necessary. If you have good communication skills, can work in stressful situations, know how to prioritize and can make decisions, this job might be a good fit for you.