I love the ER!

  1. about 3 weeks ago I posted a thread about how anxious and insecure I felt before starting ER after 2 years of med surg.

    i have to say, thank you to all who responded and my transition has been AMAZING. In the past 2 weeks I had no stress at all. I have a great preceptor and as busy as our ER is I do not feel the same pressure and dispair as I did upstairs on med surg.

    Thanks again for your encouragement.

    Nat
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   BrnEyedGirl
    Nat,..I too transfered to ER from a busy tlelmetry/stepdown unit,...I understand sooooo much,..many of my former co workers think I'm crazy,..it's just not the same type of "busy" is it? Glad you are happy with your move,..ME TOO!!!!
  4. by   traumaRUs
    As someone who loved working in the level one trauma center for 10 years, you guys know what I'm talking about. The ER is the only place to be...I loved it.
  5. by   EMERGENCYRNNJ
    I just finished nursing school yesterday!!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!
    I don't know where to start or what I really want to do. I wasn't really thrilled with the telemetry unit I just precepted on. Where do I start?
    Should I start in Med/Surg, get my experience, then move on to a specialty like ER??? Help!
  6. by   greenjanell
    I live the ER too. and only those who work it understand. Once you go ER you never want go anywhere else. I was born and bread to be an ER nurse.
  7. by   anne74
    I worked on med/surg and hated it. Now I'm in the PACU and like it much better. I plan to stay there a while, but I'm always interested in other speciality areas for the future.

    So, I'm curious - how is the stress in the ED different from med/surg stress?
  8. by   BrnEyedGirl
    Anne
    I found that the ED is very busy, we see over 60,000 pts a year,..there is always someone waiting to come back,.it is different from the floor in that your focus is the chief c/o,.you take care of what they came in for,.make sure they are stable (not going to die in the next hour) then move them on,.either home, the floor, the unit , OR etc,.the goal is "speed" get these people moved ASAP,.that said you do what you can do while your there and go home,.no staying over an hour to chart,.no missing meds that were due three hours ago,.no skin cares, turn Q 2hrs etc,.it's very fast, very busy but you just go from one thing to another, what doesn't get done gets passed to the next shift!! I personally love it,.the down side, and what I had a hard time getting used to is not knowing everything about your pt,.their hx of fibromyalgia, gout, migraine HA, Gerd, etc take a back seat to the acute MI.
  9. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    I got a new grad E.D. position, but I have to do 5 weeks in med surg first just to try and get some basic organizational skills down. I am dredding the medsurg.

    Swtooth

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