How do you know if you've got what it takes to be an ER nurse? - page 4

Hi I'm really considering being an ER nurse but how do you know you've got what it takes? I mean everything I've seen and heard about ER nurses interests me but what if I do decide to go into... Read More

  1. by   PCA RN
    Quote from traumaRUs
    I have been an ER RN for almost 10 years now. Here's the qualities I think are important for ER RNs:

    1. Sense of humor.
    2. Excellent and quick assessment skills.
    3. Great people skills - you must like people.
    4. Sense of humor.
    5. Ability to move quickly...out of the way of vomit and other things.
    6. Adrenaline junkie.
    7. Great pathophysio and A&P knowledge. You simply have to know the why's of care.
    8. Organized.
    9. Realistic - you will see things that literally tear your heart out - you must keep going and be able to prioritize care.
    10. Sense of humor.
    sounds like every other kind of nursing!!
  2. by   Beth_audrey
    thanks those stories were inspiring. loved to here more!
  3. by   Sara, RN
    I agree a sense of humor is needed...many times it is not a pc sense of humor either. A coping mechanism.
    You will see the worst and the best there is to offer. No 2 days are the same. You must enjoy organized chaos! Realize that if you get hot food, chances are you will be eating it when its cold, hours later (always have grazing food on hand).
    Great assessment and pathophys needed, plus confidence. Many times you need to do a visual assessment in less than 5-10 seconds to decide who's triaged back first. Need to be able to speak 1:1 with MD, act autonomously.
    And, realize that you will see a whole different side of the human population!
  4. by   chip193
    Quote from Sara, RN
    I agree a sense of humor is needed...many times it is not a pc sense of humor either. A coping mechanism.
    You will see the worst and the best there is to offer. No 2 days are the same. You must enjoy organized chaos! Realize that if you get hot food, chances are you will be eating it when its cold, hours later (always have grazing food on hand).
    Great assessment and pathophys needed, plus confidence. Many times you need to do a visual assessment in less than 5-10 seconds to decide who's triaged back first. Need to be able to speak 1:1 with MD, act autonomously.
    And, realize that you will see a whole different side of the human population!
    Very true...PC doesn't always work in the ER!

    And you need to earn the respect of the docs...that's probably the most important thing to make your life easier.

    Chip
  5. by   Beth_audrey
    do you think er doctors are easy to work with?
  6. by   Sara, RN
    I do think ER docs are fairly easy to work with...like any RN/MD relationship their must be a mutual respect and trust thing. But, overall, yes and I love the autonomy I have in the ED. I feel more of a team approach with most of the MD's than on the units.
  7. by   chip193
    The vast majority of the ER docs that I work with are wonderful. There are a couple who are not. But that's true of any profession!

    Chip
  8. by   bopps
    i am still in nursing school but i am a emt and i have worked in a ghetto er for over a year now. that' not very long buts its long enough to see about ten new grads start and only have of them stay. either you have what it takes or you don't start working and see how it goes. you probably won't even have to make the decision of can i do this or not. if ya ain't cut out for it your superfizer will let you know ina a professional way probably while you are still in orientation. there are other cool fields of nursing out there too so don't worry about it. give it a try er is great
  9. by   eudemon
    plus you need a lot of ATP reserves..
  10. by   KristyEDrn
    I started working in the ED straight out of nursing school (7 yrs ago) and went through the whole 6 mo. orientation thing with going to classes on some days and working in the dept on other days. I absolutely love it. I can't imagine working anywhere else. I definitely think there are people for every aspect of nursing and thank God for it. I couldn't work on the floor...

    I think another thing that makes a good ED nurse is one that can keep her/his head about them when all around is chaotic. You have to be able to stay calm in stressful times. If you freak out during a code or whatever, the patient is not going to feel comfortable with your care, the doctor is not going to feel confident in your abilities and knowledge, and your co-workers are not going to want to work with you.

    Of course, having said that, you also have to know what you are doing...just remember A B C! After that, it's all good...lol okay, for the most part!

    Best of luck in your decision making!

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