I didn't know the ED was the secret smart club...
I dwell in the NICU. You can't expect a normal day, babies health change quickly and you never know when the next 23 weeker is going to drop. We manage everything from ECMO to feeder-growers, post-op heart kids to jaundice, ventilators with nitric to hypoglycemia, codes to normal newborn discharges. Since there is so much variation in the patients you see in the NICU, you have to really know your stuff for the very specific population. We have some of the sickest and most vulnerable patients than any other specialty. Even if I don't like the parents of my patient, they most likely won't be at the bedside all day everyday because their life didn't stop because they had a NICU baby. We all work together if the day is going crazy.
NICU isn't taught in nursing school
. You have to know you baby for when subtle changes are occurring so treatment can begin. Most of the time the NNP is near when a baby is going south but if not, we can always manage until an NNP or doctor gets to the bedside. You get some of the worst parents, like the mothers who were addicted to drugs and now their baby suffers while the mother lives out of the NICU... THE WORST. Babies still delivery whether or not we are ready or able, it just means transferring and admitting over and over again. Most other units think NICU nurses are princesses, but they really have no idea what we really do.
AND HOW AWESOME WE ARE. SUPER NURSES FOR SURE.
i.e. Each specialty is special to someone/each nurse and each has unique features. No one specialty does more or less than the other. There are different hardships in every speciality, and not one trumps the other. There are also interesting features of each, and again, not one trumps the other.
PS I felt dirty even writing we have the worst parents, even about drug-dependent mothers. I don't think that. They have their issues and they don't need more from the nurses. I don't know why anyone would say someone is "THE WORST", but I couldn't post this without this postscript explaining my true feelings.