I would like to know what it felt like when your first emergency case came through. Was it scary? How did you react? Just stuff like that. I'm thinking of going into emergency oneday, once i finish university.
Apr 14, '03
Yes, it can be a scary feeling, because you wonder if you'll perform well. But it's a great feeling when it's over and you realize you did well. No one expects a new grad to know what to do without thinking, that comes with experiece. As long as you're receptive to learning your coworkers will bend over backwards to teach you. Good luck!
Apr 16, '03
You'll be fine. When i got into ER i was scared beyond belief. I was working in a rural hospital that as a RN you do everything from med/surg to OB. They (charge Nurse) threw me in the ER one day, with no experience, cause there were no other RN's available to work ER. I am talking so rural that one RN cover's a six bed ER alone, and this town is located right off a major interstate. Well to make a long story short, I had the pleasure of working with a ER doc that trained me well and i fell in love with ER nursing. I still work in a rural setting, now even more rural it is out on the navajo reservation and plus i work graves. I still work alone in yet again 6 bed ER. But because i was so receptive to that doc, i am not so scared. Do i get scared when a code arrives, or major trauma, you better believe it!!! You never fully get over that scared feeling, and that is perfectly normal. You just do what you got to do automatically.