Accident and Emergency nursing is a specialty within the field of professional nursing focusing on the care of patients who require prompt medical attention to avoid long-term disability or death.
Accident and Emergency Nurses treat patients who are suffering from trauma, injury or severe medical conditions and require urgent treatment. Since these specialists work in crisis situations, they must be able to quickly identify the best way to stabilize patients and minimize pain.
Accident and Emergency Nurses have a range of expertise demonstrated across a range of knowledge and skills which they acquire through Continuous Professional Development. This is reflected within their roles and responsibilities in Emergency Departments (ED) when they often have to work autonomously or in close partnership with other health professionals within the ED team to make diagnosis or take urgent decisions.
Accident and Emergency Nurses are most frequently employed in hospital emergency departments, although they may also work in urgent care centers, sports arenas, and on medical transport aircraft and ground ambulances.
Kenya Registered Accident and Emergency Nursing (KRAEN) programme is a one year course designed to prepare Registered Nurses with the skills required for compassionate and effective care in the emergency setting. The course combines theoretical learning with practical experiences to cover relevant medical topics related to a wide range of emergencies in all age groups, including patients who are new borns, infants, adults. and the elderly, to ensure that Kenya Registered Accident and Emergency Nursing graduates an not only given the high quality healthcare needed, but also remain calm under pressure.