Fast Facts for the ER Nurse, Fourth Edition

Fast Facts for the ER Nurse, Fourth Edition

Guide to a Successful Emergency Department Orientation

Jennifer R. Buettner, RN, CEN


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This bestselling resource has successfully prepared thousands of ER nurses to provide safe, effective, and high-quality care to their patients. This new edition is updated with guidelines from the American Heart Association, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, American Stroke Association, Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course, and Trauma Nurse Core Course. This guide presents the most current information on medications, street drugs, the opioid crisis, and intraosseous access. Chapters are replete with new case studies, updated photos, and time-tested tips.

This Fast Facts guide is written in bullet-point format and is alphabetically organized by disease and disorder within each body system to emphasize easy access and at-a-glance viewing. All chapters list relevant materials, equipment and drugs; and each diagnosis includes its definition, causes, signs and symptoms, and interventions. Helpful appendices display common abbreviations and lab values, EKG rhythms, frequently used medications, and updated alphabetized skills checklists for self-examination.

New to the Fourth Edition:

  • New content on administering Alteplase, coronaviruses, decompression sickness, high altitude illness, human trafficking, influenza, lightning injuries, osteomyelitis, parasitic and insect infestations, post-birth warning signs, post-cardiac arrest care, rhabdomyolysis, status asthmaticus, and triage legal issues.
  • Updates on infectious disease emergencies, disaster response emergencies, environmental emergencies, and OB/GYN emergencies
  • New information on fluid and electrolyte imbalance
  • Shock and Multisystem Trauma divided into two expanded chapters
  • Updated with useful tricks of the trade and 'survival tips'
  • New knowledge on street drugs including vaping, concentrated marijuana, and the opioid crisis

Key Features:

  • Educates new ER nurses and their preceptors on the most common injuries and illnesses they will encounter
  • Comes in handy pocket size for reference on the go
  • Provides easy referral to equipment, medications, procedures, and specialty care
  • Delivers hands-on teaching strategies for instructors


Jennifer R. Buettner, RN, CEN:

Jennifer R. Buettner, RN, CEN, currently serves as the nurse educator for the emergency department (ED) at DeKalb Medical Center at Hillandale, Lithonia, Georgia. In this role, Mrs. Buettner works to advance the careers of emergency nurses through education and evidence-based practice. She finds great joy in helping others grow professionally and cultivate their inner gifts and talents. She has developed ED orientation processes and education courses for several local hospitals in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. In her 17 years of ED nursing experience, she has spent several years precepting new emergency nurses and has served as a legal nurse consultant. Mrs. Buettner holds certifications in basic disaster life support (BDLS), advanced disaster life support (ADLS), and as a certified emergency nurse (CEN), and serves as an advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), pediatric advanced life support (PALS), and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructor. She is a course coordinator for the trauma nursing core course (TNCC) and emergency nursing pediatric course (ENPC). She is a current member of the Emergency Nurses Association and an advocate for the Board Certified Emergency Nursing exam. She received the Faculty Award from the Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing, for the graduate who “has achieved excellence in both the academic and clinical settings and who best exemplifies the total integration of program philosophy to professional performance” (March 1999). In 2010, Mrs. Buettner was nominated as nurse of the year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She was a finalist for the 2016 Atlanta March of Dime's Nurse of the Year Award. Her passion to teach and mentor new ED nurses led her to create an original ED orientation manual made specifically for new emergency nurses and their preceptors.