Quote from Suesquatch
I guess what I've found is that I gravitate to the older folks on the board because the kids are - well, kids. Less tolerance, more knowledge - you know the drill.
I find this thought interesting as many of the "older" ER nurses express many of the same frustrations as the "newer" kids who work that unit.
Perhaps one difference might be, for the older and wiser, is unless you currently work in an ER or have been a patient there recently, you may be surprsised at the changes that have taken place there---and not for the better--in the last five to ten years or so.
This is isn't the ER that you go to because you are feeling truly sick and need care--at least for many pts.---it is the place i go because I don't want to see my PMD, don't want to go through the hoops it takes to get a PMD, don't want to get connected with the MANY available services of a PMD for low fee/sliding scale for uninsured, REALLY think the ER pregnancy test is going to be more accurate than the 5 I just took at home, wanted an exciting ambulance ride for my sore throat or I just really need a sandwich.
That's who is clogging the ER and causing the waits, back-ups and all of the other things that frustrate so many. If you're really sick, thank god you came in. We are here for you. But, we are also here for the rest of the folks and must see every one of them. Guess what, your half hour wait just became six hours. Sorry.