My heart is set on the emergency field but... - page 3

Hey there! So a little background info: I start nursing school in a couple of weeks. I did emergency veterinary medicine for 3 years and absolutely loved doing it, but despite what people say doing... Read More

  1. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
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    Quote from KLBatchelor
    Thank you all for your responses. I'm sure it will just be something I have to experience to know if working in an ED is right for me. I will def. give it my all to accomplish this goal. And thank you for your advice about becoming a tech before hand to gain experience. Your responses have been super helpful.

    To Veron...: I'm not sure what you mean by being a poor tech by having that as my mindset. However, I can assure you I was a very competent and compassionate technician. Also I am not sure how you disagree with being able to replace a pet but not person. It's simple- you can get a new dog if yours dies but if your mother dies, there's not a shelter where you can pick up another. I know each pet has a special place in our hearts but you can get a new pet to have an equally special part.
    And if your child dies, you just have another. Easy peasy.

    I'm with veroniicaxoxo. I wouldn't say the loss of a pet is anything comparable to losing a child or a mother or a husband etc, but my pets all mean something to me, and getting a new cat doesn't replace the loss of our family cat, Daisy, who died suddenly at a very healthy 14 years old from rat poison exposure.

    Anyway, there are lots of ER nurses who don't like to deal with kids. It's not really unique, but maybe you'll turn out to have the right amount of detachment and coldness and caring and corny jokes to be able to deal with the kids. Or you can try to find work in an area where children have their own hospital so rarely present to the ER you work at.
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  3. Visit  veroniicaxoxo profile page
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    I do have children of my own. I also have pets. I honestly don't know how you were a tech if you used this mind fill. People do not buy or adopt new pets to replace they acquire a new one because a house is just not the same without a pet around its not replacement. Also I have lost a child due to prematurity and the feeling is horrible and you can't get out of bed for days. However none the less you must get out of bed and continue with life or kill yourself those are the options you have. Grieving is grieving there are not two definitions one for pet one for people. Ive seen owners have no children and be alone no spouse no nothing and loosing that pet was loosing a child to them.

    Question for you, I made a great deal of money as a tech I switched to nursing because its what i wanted to do however I was making close to 30 an hour. Were you a tech that was trained on the job or did you go to school for it? Because Ive seen single parents make a wonderful living off of it.
  4. Visit  KLBatchelor profile page
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    Quote from veroniicaxoxo
    I do have children of my own. I also have pets. I honestly don't know how you were a tech if you used this mind fill. People do not buy or adopt new pets to replace they acquire a new one because a house is just not the same without a pet around its not replacement. Also I have lost a child due to prematurity and the feeling is horrible and you can't get out of bed for days. However none the less you must get out of bed and continue with life or kill yourself those are the options you have. Grieving is grieving there are not two definitions one for pet one for people. Ive seen owners have no children and be alone no spouse no nothing and loosing that pet was loosing a child to them.

    Question for you, I made a great deal of money as a tech I switched to nursing because its what i wanted to do however I was making close to 30 an hour. Were you a tech that was trained on the job or did you go to school for it? Because Ive seen single parents make a wonderful living off of it.
    Like I said, I agree to disagree. I loved working with animals and I've met several shelter workers with your mindset but few techs. Maybe the loss of so many patients I became hardened?

    I did on the job training at a day practice that I worked for 3 years in Texas and 3 years at a night/weekend emergency clinic that was in the same area. I chose nursing because I loved learning so much about medicine in general. My salary for the area was high for vet techs but was def. not 30/hr. I knew techs that worked for the vet school that didn't make that, so I assume you're in an area that has a high COL?
  5. Visit  veroniicaxoxo profile page
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    I did it for years it has nothing to do with loosing so many, I worked emergency general, and large animals.

    Like you said agree to disagree but one final question which has probably answered your own question right from the beginning "Maybe the loss of so many patients I became hardened?" Is that going to happen with people too maybe you'll be on this board in a few years telling us everything is replaceable?
  6. Visit  KLBatchelor profile page
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    Quote from veroniicaxoxo
    I did it for years it has nothing to do with loosing so many, I worked emergency general, and large animals.

    Like you said agree to disagree but one final question which has probably answered your own question right from the beginning "Maybe the loss of so many patients I became hardened?" Is that going to happen with people too maybe you'll be on this board in a few years telling us everything is replaceable?
    I'm not sure how I've deeply offended you, but I'm no longer following this thread.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jul 31, '12 : Reason: TOS
  7. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    I think there is some degree of tolerance that one builds overtime to deal with the grind of an emergency department. You will see children......LOTS of them. Although most of the time they will be just fine. You will see death. Lots of it. The Emergency department is the entry point of everyone's emergencies and tragic ends.

    Humanity is messy. People are messy. Humanity can be ugly. People can be ugly.
    Humanity abuses animals.....animals don't abuse animals. Humans abuse children. Then who becomes the animal?

    You learn to deal with the sadness. You learn to deal with the shear humanness of it all. Sometimes I think we are kinder to our animals for at least we end their sufferings and love them enough to let them go.......humans aren't always that kind to their loved ones.

    Personally, none of my pets can be replaced. I think the greatest injustice to owing a pet is that they don't live as long as I do. A question I will ask my maker someday.

    But we all have different opinions. We each have a right to our opinions.......but we need to be respectful of each other's opinions.

    AN supports a lively debate....however.....
    This means you are free to disagree with anyone on any type of subject matter as long as your criticism is constructive and polite.

    Additionally, please refrain from name-calling. This is divisive, rude, and derails the thread.

    Our first priority is to the members that have come here because of the flame-free atmosphere we provide. There is a zero-tolerance policy here against personal attacks. We will not tolerate anyone insulting other's opinion nor name calling.

    Our call is to be supportive, not divisive. Because of this, discrimination, racial vilification and offensive generalizations targeting people of other races, religions and/or nationalities will not be tolerated
    OP check out this thread......http://allnurses.com/emergency-nursi...st-764793.html

    ED nursing is not everyone cup of tea. YOu may think it's the best right now....but school may change your mind. Leave your options open.

    I know as nurses we are passionate about what we say and believe. But, We can agree to disagree without being disagreeable.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jul 31, '12
  8. Visit  veroniicaxoxo profile page
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    Did not say you offended me just pointing out the irony in that statement.
  9. Visit  corky1272RN profile page
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    You just started nursing school, so you have plenty of time to figure things out. Nursing is great because it has so many areas to choose from. You may think right now that you want the ED but once you do clinicals, you figure out that just isn't your cup of tea. Death is not a fun thing for a nurse to experience,but it is part of the cycle of life. Everyone deals with it differently. By graduation time, you should be able to figure out what area of nursing you prefer.
    Last edit by corky1272RN on Jul 31, '12 : Reason: Inserted a smiley


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