So now I'm in my third week of ED orientation, back to nights FINALLY. The people I work with are wonderful and for the most part, so are the patients.
But here's my dilemma. I don't feel like I am really using my nursing skills. I feel like I am just an aide for the physician. Setting up suture trays, preparing equipment for pelvic exams, transporting pts to and from tests, etc. I don't know if it's because the physician is always there, and I'm used to being the one in charge. The critical care unit I came from encouraged nurses to be VERY autonomous. I don't feel like that now. Is it because I don't have enough experience yet?
Please, please, PLEASE don't misunderstand me. ER nurses ROCK and they work hard.
Last night was BRUTAL. We were all on our feet for 10 hours straight. The night before, we had FOUR pt's all night! That was brutal too, in it's own way. I completely respect ED nurses and what they do. It's something I NEVER thought I would be doing, because I was afraid of it. I don't know if it's just SO different from what I am used to that it will take a little while or what, I just know I feel a little restless.
Will that change over time?