Being An ER Nurse

  1. Sure I complain about the work load-the lack of respect, the pure ignorance
    of some people. . .but when push comes to shove; I can honestly say that I
    cannot imagine a more fulfilling career than one in ER nursing. How many
    times have we touched a lifeless soul only to have them appear a few weeks
    later ready to get back to their lives? ER Nurses are a rare breed we are
    able to think and do at the same time, we are afforded a reasonable amount
    of autonomy in our practice and face an ever changing work environment. I
    do not think I could work on a floor and commend those who do, the same
    patient day after day after day, admission after admission after admission.
    I know this is happening more and more with ER holds but is that not one of
    the reasons we are complaining about ER holds. Alright so here's the truth
    (for me anyway) I love my job, I love what I do and the wage while not
    commensurate with the level of responsibility I take on pays my bills and
    keeps me in the manner of which I am accustomed.
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   petiteflower
    well said tracey
  4. by   AlaskanRN
    Ditto
  5. by   JULZ
    I can't wait to get my degree and be right there with you! That is where I want to be ER!!!!!!!!
    It's nice to see someone that has something nice to say about their career choice!
    Congrats on a successful career!
    JULZ
  6. by   atownsendrn
    You are absolute right. I truly love this job and can't imagine doing anything else!!!!!
  7. by   ScarlettRN
    Amen and amen. I was thinking about leaving nursing until I was offered an ER job and when I went to my present job, I realized that I was meant to be in this place, and can't imagine doing anything else.
  8. by   AngelGirl
    Agreed!!
  9. by   teeituptom
    Been there and done that for over 15 years now

    Cant do anything else
  10. by   JBudd
    I tell people you know your life is odd, when you consider working the night shift in an ER trauma center the oasis of peace in your life.
  11. by   debbyed
    Can't imagine doing anything else. Especially after 20+ years.

    However 12 hour shifts are starting to get alittle hard on this old body.:imbar Recently went to part-time, because I just "Can't imagine doing anything else"
  12. by   healingtouchRN
    well, don't yell at me or anything, but I felt like I was losing my skills with PA caths, IABP's, post cath sheaths, surgicals & stuff, so I went back to CCU. I did learn a heap from years in the ER (sticking babies, I can do without, & the parents yelling @ me too! ). It was empowering to do AMI's from the "get-go" & doing trauma's but I got burned out with having to charges (yep, we did the coders work too) & clean up, rarely did the house keeper come thru, & pulling 300 # OD's off the loading dock with screaming family members (who don't help) & there was only 2 of us-both with old back injuries. I don't miss being triage, & working in back too because my staff has only been out of school 5 months & still couldn't get an IV on the first stick ( )....I 'll stick to my little nest a while longer until I feel the urge again. Change is a good thing...after a while!:chuckle
  13. by   AZEMS
    Nursing is rough and in the ER it can be RAW. But a ER nurse is the one that enjoys the pace the interaction and the environment day after day. I don't hesitiate coming back to work. The patients and cases are new each time a bed is turned over. The only problem comes with those and what you have to work with. Even a vetern ER nurse can adapt to that
  14. by   ddtrnbsn
    ER Nursing is very rewarding and challenging. After 20 + years in Nursing the last 3 have been in the ER and am gratefull that I took the chance to change to this department. Every day is exciting.

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