UAB Medicine

Emergency Department

The Emergency Department at UAB Hospital is fast paced and serves as Alabama’s only Level I Trauma and Burn Center. Our Nurses are trained in Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Hazardous Materials.

Patient Population

  • Primarily adult patients with some pediatric patients

Number of Beds

  • 48

Nurse/Patient Ratio

  • Ranging from 1:1 to 1:3 based on patient acuity


  • 7a-7p
  • 10a-10p
  • 1p-1a
  • 3p-3a
  • 7p-7a
  • Weekend only option

Skill Mix

  • Registered Nurse - 70%
  • Patient Care Technician - 30%

Nursing Unit Orientation

  • Individualized by experience
  • 12 weeks minimum for new graduates
  • 1:1 preceptor for newly-hired nurses
  • Unit-based educators