Fast Track Nursing - page 2

Been in ER for 4+ years now but i dont know why i never got "promoted" to fast track (sarcasm)What do you guys think about these RNs working ONLY fast track? In all honesty, i feel that they might as... Read More

  1. by   mariposa311
    I enjoy working fast track. It is VERY fast paced. We have 3 rooms and at times 15-20 people waiting to be seen. Some are sent back out to lobby to wait for results, so you may be juggling 7-8 patients at a time. It is actually very challenging to see how quickly you can get through the patients and make sure nothing is missed. I agree with the other posters that about every day one of the "fast track" patients turns out to be anything but. And YOU have to catch that quickly - because they may have been waiting a long time since they were not deemed urgent. I have had fast track patients go straight to ICU. One pt was listed as "sore throat" and wound up having epiglottis. Another mild off and on abdominal pain and had a massive tumor in her belly. You just don't know - they aren't going to catch it all in triage. And like I said you have to juggle many things at once - waiting for results, discharges, ordering tests, suturing, splinting, medications, etc. It can be very challenging and it is definitely fast paced. I always liked it because I had my own desk and computer and my own "area" and worked one on one with the practitioner. And all our practitioners rock, some are my really good friends and we look out for each other. I honestly wouldn't mind working in fast track all the time, but they generally put the pregnant nurses there, lol. In a 12 hour shift a fast track nurse may see 50-60 patients in my hospital, whereas a nurse in the main ED may see 20 at MOST. And of course every day there is the "most ridiculous complaint" award to be decided ;-)
  2. by   sandypalma
    Totally agree various times i had to transfer because the patient was not triaged correctly. in our er if they are swamped(which is all the time) we get criticals plus our non urgents...that burnt me out...u have ur one critical plus your 6 ft.(we use all hallway space)..hmmmmm

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    I can't tell you how many times I have had people mis-triaged into Fast Track, who were NOT Fast Track patients at all! When you only have one RN, one Tech, and one MD running the zone, things can get dicey. Just as with any clinic, people can and do code. People can walk through the door with a sodium of 109, or with a complicated infection that requires hospital admission. Remember that in triage, the nurse is making a quick judgment based upon chief complaint, objective and subjective s/s, and vital signs. Severely ill people can and often do look completely fine on the surface, and it isn't until you delve deeper that you realize they're sicker than they look.

    Because of this, and because of the state of health care today, in which access to preventive health services is severely limited, and so people wait until they're really sick before seeking medical assistance, Fast Track nursing is most definitely ED nursing.

    If you want to be assigned to Fast Track, tell your charge. Maybe they haven't put you there because they don't think you want to do it.
  3. by   VICEDRN
    Agree with Ryan RN that every nurse should rotate through all areas of the unit with the exception of the new grads who need probably 3-6 months of main ER training before they go to triage or critical care. Both areas would simply overwhelm people who aren't "in the rhythm yet" and this varies with each individual nurse.

    I think letting someone stay only in one area contributes to burn out of the entire unit staff.

    Disagree with Ryan about fast track: its part of the ER!
  4. by   Esme12
    I think the veteran nurse is entitled to slow it down if she wants. The other have no idea what deal he has made with management or if they are accommodating a disability.......a disability that no one needs to foreclose to the staff.

    I liked the treat em and street em of fast track but it can be exhausting with angry patients and angry parents for having to wait before being seen.

    I've had a shoulder injury be a heart attack, knee pain turn into septic arthritis, a guy who fell in the woods and a stick up his nose flown to the medical center because it was actually in his brain, and a guy getting stitches for a head lac after falling in the BR end up in halo traction for his broken name a few. It's not that the triage was not done's that humans beings are unique and defacation occurs.

    OP if you want to work Fast Track/Urgent care as your charge or manager. But your co-worker may be there for other reasons than he can't hack the main room......maybe he just asked and they said OK.

    I think it takes a special skill to calm a parent with their childs frist chin lac that this is a survivable injury after a 3 hour wait.

    I wish you the best!