Emergency Room Skills
- 0Oct 6, '13 by NursepreneurFellow ER Nurse
HAPPY EMERGENCY NURSES WEEK
As you know it takes a special nurse to
effectively work in the ER.
There are several skills that are essential in this field.
I would love to here what is your skill that sets you
What is the one thing that helps you do your job in the ER?
What is your skill that makes you proud to be an ER NURSE?
For me I feel proud of my IV skills, whether its a baby, junkie or elderly
patient, I can say my IV skills are pretty darn good.
Please leave your comments and share your experience.
- 5Oct 6, '13 by KnitWitchAs long as a patient is in possession of at least some of their mental faculties (e.g. not post-ictal, in the throes of a mental health crisis or suffering from dementia) I can make peace and negotiate with just about anyone. ******-off narc seekers in withdrawal, people experiencing their first kidney stone, chest pain patients who have spent 3 hours in the waiting room before being roomed, you name it, I can keep them calm-ish until dispo.
- 4Oct 7, '13 by RN-CEN TSAbility to stay calm and maintain focus on the priority at hand during high acuity patient care (GSW to chest requiring emergent thoracotomy and around blood product infusion in ED was the most recent intense case last week) as well as ability to recognize disease processes from minor complaints to critical complaints in a timely and effective manner to discern who needs care now versus those who can safely wait. These skills are critical for all effective ED nurses. I believe that is what sets our specialty apart from others.
- 3Oct 8, '13 by ChristineNMy nonjudgmental attitude and matter a fact manner seems to be good at getting pts to open up to me. I have pts tell me things that they did not tell other nurses or even the Dr, including recent IV drug use, STD hx, abuse, alcohol use, etc.