Hello all. I started working in a level one trauma center ER 11 months ago (first 6 months in orientation). I'm starting to get into the swing of things and I really like my night shift staff, but I still feel uncomfortable in some situations. For example, I had a cardiac arrest last night 10 minutes of starting my shift and I didn't feel confident and felt like I was trying to keep up with everyone. Last week I received a cardiac arrest s/p trauma from MVA, it was the first time I had to do blood transfusion and I was struggling with the rapid infuser and documentation involved with it, plus being to asked to assist with intubation, chest tube insertion, and what seemed like a million other things. Sometimes I just feel stupid, and I hate this newbie feeling.
Despite my still adjusting to the job, I like working in the ER and I (mostly) feel good at the end of my shift. There are so much to learn, I am enjoying the challenge, and I see a lot of interesting stuff. How long does it usually take to feel more comfortable in ER? I would appreciate any comments, advice, suggestions. Thanks!