Sorry for the dumb question, but I really have no experience with ER whatsoever. I graduate nursing school (RN) in July and am somewhat interested in emergency care. We do off site days for clinical, but none in ER.
We really aren't even taught that much about emergency issues (besides the big ones that are more likely to happen on a floor) during class.
My grandmother who passed away in 1998 was an ER nurse for years. I never got to discuss this with her because I was 100% sure I wanted to be an actress when I was that age. :lol: So nursing wasn't even a consideration when I was young. Now at least I know it's the only thing I could ever do! Anyways, I'd love to follow in her footsteps, but not JUST to be following her - yanno what I mean? I think ER would be interesting.
Problem is, I really don't know what goes on. When I pass through ER at work all I see are patients sitting in little rooms getting asked questions by people. I'm not even sure if these people are nurses or techs or what.
So...I'd like to know what goes on in the ER. Is it just getting an admission report? Do you do many hands on things besides codes? I'm thinking that's a yes because our patients always come up with IVs and foleys. :P But I just am really interested to know what an ER nurse does.