In a nutshell:
I am an RN of 23 years who has several years of experience in various types of Med/Surg and Cardiac units and hospice. I am currently employed by a huge healthcare company that owns a number of hospitals in our region as a member of their internal RN float pool where I am currently doing short term assignments on intermediate cardiac units. I am ACLS certified.
I like my current position, but it is a contingent position, and since my husband recently started a new job that only offers healthcare benefits for him, I have to find a position with benefits for me and our two kids. Due to this, I applied for a full-time position in one of our company's ERs and had an interview last Thursday. The manager seemed very interested and told me that she is going to set up a second peer interview this week.
This is a suburban 25 bed ER that is currently a Level III trauma center and sees a lot of elderly patients due to its proximity to a lot of ECFs and a relatively good amount of psych patients due to this hospital having three psych units. IOW, no Level I trauma stuff here. I would not apply for a position in one of our Level I's, I don't feel like I'm ready for that yet.
Here is the crux of my question: I am a very type A person. The good points to that are that I am very organized and get my work done in a timely fashion. I am not lazy, and I can gauge the severity of a situation and respond accordingly. I also have good skills in dealing with families, largely due to my years of working in hospice nursing, and have received good feedback on patient surveys about my people skills and compassion.
The bad side to being this type A is that I am not super flexible in terms of not being able to complete a task that I am working on at the moment and I like things to run as planned. I can handle it if they don't, but my stress level goes up and I sometimes get frustrated. I like to think that this would be less of an issue in the ER due to patients understanding that there are going to be other patients coming in who trump them in level of triage, but honestly, I do get frustrated more often than I should when my routine gets turned upside down or I can't immediately meet a patient's needs.
Do you think that the negatives that I pointed out above mean that I would not be a good fit for the ER? Should I look for something more regimented or that runs on a routine? Are these things that I could or would overcome with time? Have any of you experienced the same type of thing within yourself and still been successful in the ER setting?
I would really appreciate any advice or experiences that you could share. The manager will possibly be calling me today for that second interview and I am sitting on the fence right now!