I have been working in an Oncology/Medicine floor for 1 1/2 yrs. Lately I have been feeling burned out. I feel unchallanged and as though I have learned all the skills that I need to work in such an environment. Friends in the RT department keep urging me to go to the ER or ICU. I'm not sure I'm ready for that. I have only been in one code situation and have limited tele experience. I hate to let fear of the unknown hold me back. CAn anyone offer advice?
Oct 26, '02
Heck I would go for it! Oncology gives you great experience and many facilities have good orientation programs for ER nurses. Alot of people like ER because they stabilize and transfer or treat em and street em.........
Oct 27, '02
from deep in the heart of texas
If it sounds good for you and you want it them by sll mesnsd go for it
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Dec 17, '02
I moved from med-surg to Ed 2 years ago it was frightening but absolutely worth it! Where does your heart lead you? GO FOR IT! You can do it and the new experience will rejuvenate you!
Mar 8, '03
The skills you have in dealing with death and dying are often sorely lacking in the ED. We're used to winning and we often see death as 'losing.' You see it in a much larger scope, having dealt with it so thoroughly in Oncology. Comforting survivors is often not done or done poorly in the ED. The need to save lives often causes the thundering herd to trample those who are trying to cope with enorous loss. Your talents are greatly needed in the ED. COME!!
Mar 8, '03
go for it...l love it..l am never bored, ALWAYS learning and seeing something new and everyday is different. It's a very different type of nursing and the focus is also much more short term...that's what l love....good luck.
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