Hackensack University Medical Center Emergency Department is one of the busiest departments in the country. Doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, clerks, and technicians work closely as a team to ensure the highest quality of care for our patients. 


At HackensackUMC, our ETD doctors have specialized training in emergency medicine. The doctor may examine a patient and order tests to learn more about a patient’s condition. The physician will then make a diagnosis and decide the best possible treatment plan for the patient. The HackensackUMC ETD staff includes trauma surgeons for those patients requiring surgery. These doctors are on hand in the trauma department at all times and if other specialists are needed, they can be called in to see a patient at any time. 

Emergency Nurses

Nurses in the ETD at HackensackUMC have received specialized training in emergency medicine. Generally, nurses are the first clinicians a patient will need to speak with when arriving at HackensackUMC. The ETD nursing staff is able to triage, or plan, how quickly a patient needs to be seen by a physician or other staff member. Our advanced practice nurses (APNs) have received additional training and education and are licensed to examine and treat patients. Nurses in the ETD are easily identifiable by their dark green colored uniforms; Nursing assistants wear cranberry colored uniforms.

Physician Assistants/Nurse Practitioners

Physician Assistants (PA) and Nurse Practitioners (NP) examine less complex conditions, make diagnoses and suggest treatment plans. Emergency medicine doctors oversee PAs and review their results. 


ETD technicians have many different roles. Their duties may range from taking a patient's temperature, pulse, blood pressure, blood samples to administering a test such as an electrocardiogram (EKG). Technicians in the ETD wear light green colored uniforms. 

Clerical Associates

Clerical associates keep the communication process running smoothly. They take calls from doctors who are sending patients to the ETD and connect those doctors to the appropriate contact in the department. Clerical associates may also talk with a patient’s family members to help answer any questions. They help the ETD staff to contact other departments or other doctors at HackensackUMC.

Interns and Residents

Interns and residents that have graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey receive additional training at HackensackUMC. Interns are in their first year of residency. After that year they are called residents and complete two or three more years of training. They work closely with the emergency medicine doctors and other ETD staff. 

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