Quote from emernurse
yeah it does get tiring, especially in triage,where you spend half your time thinking "you came to the er on christmas morning at 3:30am for a possible yeast infection?", but you can't say it. my tongue should be hamburger for all the time i spend biting it.
on the other hand, when you get the really sick ones and you're able to make them feel better/keep them alive/ get them back from the blueberry color they showed up with... that makes all the bs fade into the back ground.
stupid may give me job security, but hearing a very sick one tell me how much better she feels - that is why i keep coming back. that and one amazing team i work with!
i have to pretty much agree with this post. supportive coworkers, especially supportive superviors, are key. you need good coworkers that share your frustrations over the bs that comes in and gets strewn about. you need supervisors that undertand that turn-around time isn't everything, and who take the complaints from the dissatisifed patients who had to wait for 6 hours with a scratch -- oops, excuse me -- "laceration" -- for what they are worth.
of course, it also helps that i only work in the er 16 hours a week. maybe that would help you? a second place to work that is different, that will allow you to earn extra money in a different setting. (if money and overtime are issues). i think about going back to the er full time quite a bit, mostly because my other job is pretty boring. but then i remind myself that when i work full-time in the er, i am a royal *****, and even i don't like myself very much!
beyond that, i really try to focus on the reason we do what we do: the patients who really need to be there. those who are having an actual emergency, be it major or minor. the ones who work the system will eat you alive if you let them. but the ones who truly think they need to be there -- even if they didn't actually need to come to the er -- are the ones i try to focus my energy on. the new parents that come to the er in a panic because their infant has a temp and won't stop crying -- a great opportunity to teach and help. the ones with minor issues, such as fractures, lacerations, that you can fix and send home. and the ones who are deathly ill, but drive themselves to the er anyway (and probably wait 2 hrs to get through triage), all the time insisting "honey, i'm not that sick. you need to go see that baby that is crying" -- all the while tacching away at 170 bpm. those are the people that you need to focus your energy on.
i came to er from icu, and i know i don't want to go back, though maybe that kind of change would be good for you.
actually the more i think about it, my best advice to you would be to find a second, part-time job in a different area. it may help you appreciate why you went to the er in the first place. or, it may lead to a new career. ouptatient nursing -- home health, urgent care, infusion centers, occupational health, school health, same day surgery -- are probably all places that would give you a different perspective, and would love your er background.