Paramedic to ER Nurse - page 2

Okay guys, give it to me straight. What are going to be my biggest challenges transitioning from being a medic to working as an ER nurse? I know that I feel comfortable with ACLS, PALS,... Read More

  1. by   ag01medic
    Lunah,

    How ya doing? It sounds like you're progressing along in your RN studies. I just started a RN-BSN program. I hope you're doing well.

    Take care,

    J
  2. by   RN1980
    come on down to the er, you never been abused until you work as a er nurse.
  3. by   CraigB-RN
    Quote from Lunah
    Thanks, I really appreciate that! I know that working in the ED has definitely made me a better medic, too. (Although I do get the occasional hairy eyeball from my medic partner when I use nasal cannulas instead of non-rebreathers in the field ... he tells me the ED has ruined me. I just can't bring myself to blast everyone with O2 @ 15 LPM! Sure, some need it, but not everyone.)
    Sounds like me, bu im my case my young EMT partner looked at me and siad "you sound like a ##### nurse" All becaue I didn't think 9L of NS in 9 Bloocks was a god thing for my patient.
  4. by   jlcole45
    Keep you head down, eyes and ears open, and mouth shut. Take in everything because the ER is different then the field. I agree with the other postings - the loss of autonomy will probably be the biggest struggle but in the mean time you gain something else. You become part of a larger team and you get to see what happens to the patient after then are dropped off at the ER.

    The one thing I disagree with is the comment that medics have better skills the ER RNs. Either this person is a new RN (less then 5 years) or someone who never developed a confidence in their own abilities. It's much more difficult to put a foley cath (and maintain sterile technique) in a 300 lb. woman then it is to intubate the typical code.

    Good luck.
  5. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from jlcole45
    It's much more difficult to put a foley cath (and maintain sterile technique) in a 300 lb. woman then it is to intubate the typical code.
    LOL ... having done both, I have to agree! I do Foleys where I work as a tech ... sometimes I wish I didn't! Seriously, thanks for the advice -- it's appreciated!
  6. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from ag01medic
    How ya doing? It sounds like you're progressing along in your RN studies. I just started a RN-BSN program. I hope you're doing well.
    It's going very well! I'll PM you.

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