Is this common? The new face of the ED - page 4
I have worked in the ED for 4 years. Anyone who works in an ED knows the current situation with ED care. Too many patients (esp with non-urgent complaints) and we are incredibly understaffed. The... Read More
1Aug 25, '12 by JahnaQuote from mariposa311Same here. The situation at the ER that I work in sounds eerily similar to the original posters' note. We work hard, and the vast majority do actually care and have great bedside manner, even with the most minor of complaints. Yet, it is quite clear that @billyboblewis has no earthly idea of the actual state of things or he would not have made such an egregious remark, I hope. He had a bad experience, it seems, and has chosen to paint all ER nurses with the same brush. Typical and sad.@redhead_NURSE98!
We do not clock out for lunch, they automatically deduct it from our pay, and the two 15 minute breaks? Have never happened.
I have no idea what ER you went to. But that is a way overgeneralization. If you came in our ER with a HA that wouldn't go away, first thing we could do is a head CT, before meds or anything. It is our protocol. Doctors and Nurses lazy? I just had to laugh at that.
Also, I have never seen an ER that had a "light" workload. That has to be the funniest thing I've read today.
0Aug 26, '12 by billyboblewisHaving been an RN for 40 years I have more experience in ER's than most of the people who have sent letters. Every nurse has bad days and misses meals from time to time. We all have good and bad days. If you survey people who have used the services of ER's you will find that there are many more dissatisfied people than you think. I am not alone and actually feel quite qualified to judge er service.
0Aug 26, '12 by Susie2310Quote from billyboblewisbillyboblewis, I don't understand the offended reactions to your post. It didn't occur to me to think that you were saying you really believe that all ER nurses are incompetent prejudiced slackers. I know there is such a thing as professional pride, but such strong reactions to a stranger's (a stranger who is an RN with ER nursing experience) opinion on an internet forum when he says he nearly died through lack of appropriate care in the ER, and then goes on to direct some comments to ER nurses, just seems a little excessive to me.Having been an RN for 40 years I have more experience in ER's than most of the people who have sent letters. Every nurse has bad days and misses meals from time to time. We all have good and bad days. If you survey people who have used the services of ER's you will find that there are many more dissatisfied people than you think. I am not alone and actually feel quite qualified to judge er service.Last edit by Susie2310 on Aug 26, '12
0Aug 26, '12 by Esme12, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorThe face pf the ED and ED nursing has changed ove rthe years somewhat...but the ED has always been the safety net for the needy. As hospitals close and over crowding continues this will lead to futher stressing of the ED deaprtment resources.
ED nursing is a demanding career choice for you cannot stem the flow through those doors.
The OP's intention was to talk about these changes and conditions of working in the department and not personal stories of actual visits.
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0Aug 26, '12 by rnsweeteQuote from barrymeExactly if anyone really worked in a real ED they would no that light work and someone leaving for lunch would be unrealistic. What if they call a trauma, stemi or stroke alert along with taking care of the yellow medicals, baker acts and drug seekers. ED doctors and nurses might seem short because we have a time frame to get patients in and out. As far as lazy you have never been in my ED. I work in the busiest ED in Florida and we are not gonna stand for lazy.
Well shucks, sign me up for this amazing ER with the light workload and people going out to buy lunches for everyone's 30 minute breaks! Why am I suffering through saving lives when I could be doing that?
0Aug 26, '12 by rnsweeteQuote from billyboblewisFirst their lazy then their amazing. No possible way you worked in a ED and can use light work and ED in the same sentence.o btw I am an RN and have been for the last 36 years of my career. I have worked in all types and sizes of hospitals and will tell you that the majority of er nurses are fantastic and I believe the ones complaining may be a very small minority!Last edit by rnsweete on Aug 26, '12
0Aug 27, '12 by Kooky KorkyIt's laughable that patients want to be treated courteously and correctly? That they don't want to be assumed to be drug addicts is laughable?
I don't think ER staff will ever treat all patients well - not until the patients stand up to the rude staff, whoever they might be.Last edit by Esme12 on Aug 27, '12