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PS -- I've worked in an ER where there were a few dedicated minor care nurses. Believe me when I say it was not because "something was wrong" with either of them. They had all been paramedics and critical care nurses prior to coming to the ER.
I believe it. I kind of liked working FT every once in a while, because it gave me a break from the Acuity 3s. Give me a 1, 2, or 4 any day. The 3s are the ones who are just sick enough to be legit, but not too sick to pester you for sandwiches and blankets. In FT, we don't even gown em. ;p
Unfortunately, I tend to be a poop magnet, so when I worked FT, I often ended up with a lot of mis-triages, or with ambulances because all the other beds were full. I remember the kid who came in through the lobby for arm pain s/p fall from tractor. The triage nurse must not have even looked at the arm, because the kid still had his coat on. When I had him take it off, the deformity was mind-bogglingly obvious. We ended up doing a peds conscious sedation in Fast Track. A guy came in for I don't remember what, but it was some kind of hangnail type thing, and he turned out to be septic. Another time I got an ambulance that was supposedly just a mild fender bender, but it turned out to be a wheelchair bound medically complex child, and the accident was a head on car vs. telephone pole at 50MPH.
You just never know what's going to come through the door, even in Fast Track!