ER Tech job

  1. Greetings all!
    I am hoping I am hired for an ED Tech job at the local level one trauma center. Since you folks are already RN's working in ED I would like a bit of feedback please.
    I am currently a firefighter/EMT and also a student nurse. Are there a few things I would want to ensure I know? How do I address folks in the ED, I presume Doctor is Doctor and Nurse is Nurse? Any comments are appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Ed
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  3. by   kaycee
    We call all of our ER Docs by their first names except in front of patients. You may feel more comfotable doing that after you're there a while and know them better. It's always best to ask how you should address co-workers first. I don't know any nurses that want to be called nurse so and so. Usually it's first names but there may be somebody that wants to be called Miss so and so, Mrs. so and so or Mr. so and so. I don't think that will be a problem. It sounds like you are very qualified to be a tech and if you are a good worker and know what you're doing you will fit in just fine. Best wishes to you and I hope you get the job!
  4. by   l.rae
    l am an RN in the ED, l just love working with our techs....l can't speak for other hospitals but mine is pretty much in line with the above post by Lynn.....The most important thing l can tell you is be a team player. Where l work, we have great team....my second family.....good luck........LR
  5. by   flashpoint
    We call our doctors Dr. whatever...all the nurses go by their first name. We also have a bunch of PAs...I call them by their first name, except one of them who thinks he is God and I call him "O Great One" When I call him that enough, he buys me pizza...

    Best of luck to you...I love the ER...couldn't do anything else.
  6. by   JE1RN
    FIRST GET TO KNOW PEOPLE. THEN ITS FIRST NAME FOR ALL WORKERS &MDs . EXCEPT IN FRONT OF PTS THEN YSE "DOCTOR"
  7. by   alet3ff
    Thank you all for your replies. I was just notified through a friend I am number one on the list if there are no internal applicants. Just going to keep praying...
    It would seem to me that this would be a great way of getting my hands dirty in the world of ER/ED medicine since I am green (as green as a watered lawn) with the ED/ER stuff. All of my experience is prehospital EMS.
    This ER tech job can also be used on my resume when I finish my RN program. At this location I can then apply direct for ER/ED RN positions since I would have ED/ER experience.
    Thanks all!
    Ed
  8. by   l.rae
    keep us posted Ed.......good luck!..........LR
  9. by   RNFROG3
    Good luck Ed. I love our techs and what was said about a team player is so true. Our techs feel like my right hand.Just remeber that unfortunetly there are nurses out there that think you are there to serve them not the patient. For those nurses wake up !! If you wear out our techs they won't want to be here any more. If the nurses would just think," can I do this myself because if I ask my tech to do it I'll be free to sit on my butt and socialise or do I need to be taking care of someone else so I need my right hand to help." Sorry to get on my high horse- I just think nurses don't appreciate the techs enough sometimes-Thank you before you start!!
  10. by   ERNurse752
    I'll second what Frog said.

    We call nurses by their first names...I started out calling all the docs "Dr. whatever," and as I got to know them and be more comfortable, starting calling most of them by their first name. Our PA's go by their first names as well.

    Go up to people, docs included, and introduce yourself as a new tech.

    Make sure to ask questions when you don't know something (which you probably already know), and don't be afraid to offer to jump in and help!

    Your prehospital experience will help you, and the ED experience will help you in school, as well as when you graduate.

    Good luck!

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