The ER is the ER is the ER ... - page 2

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I really had no idea what to expect from working in an Army ER, but I suspected it wouldn't be much different than any other ER. I knew just from my experience with various ERs in the northern and northwestern Virginia area that... Read More


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    Quote from guccibear
    Any advice to an ARMY spouse? As an RN, is it better to apply at base ER or go to trauma center? Thanks.
    If there are openings and you qualify, you should apply. Keep in mind that most gov nursing jobs that I've seen in military facilities require at least a year of experience. I would apply to as many jobs and you can, both on and off post.
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    Lunah,

    Nice writing style lady!! Good job.

    I just went through major surgery in our military medical system. I didn't go in through the ER, lol. I was treated fabulously. It's a teaching facility which has it's draw backs. But it is amazing how they just hand you your medications and I had no co-pay. I'm now on convalescent leave for 46 days. I can not believe how amazing the way this works. If I was civilian and did this, I'd have a hospital copay, med copay, and be using up vacation time to supplement the lousy 65% of base pay the hospital would give - taking away that valuable night shift differential.

    My care was great. For the most part, people are so happy to help you. I was at BAMC/SAAMC. Army and AF combined there, but with all the civilians that think they run the place, we military have bonded really well together. I love my team up in ICU. I'm really proud to be an AF Nurse.
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    Quote from midinphx
    Army and AF combined there, but with all the civilians that think they run the place, we military have bonded really well together. I love my team up in ICU. I'm really proud to be an AF Nurse.
    It is a different dynamic with the civilians and military together ... they know we'll eventually move on, and they'll still be there. The civilians in our ER outnumber the military by far, but I work with some fabulous nurses, both in green suits and also in scrubs. Glad your experience was a good one -- hope you heal quickly!!
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    Cool story. I currently work in a freestanding ED where we average 80 plus visits per day. Not bad considering its only 12 beds. We do get some sick people come in that have to get admitted, if they do we call mobile transport to have them shipped 6 miles down the road. Working in the ED is not bad, but it is the frequent flyers and their "challenges" that's really hitting a nerve with me.
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    Worked as a medic in the ER at Madigan, gave me the inspiration to go to nursing school. In the AECP program now just about to finish. Doing one of my clinical rotations here in Houston at an ER downtown. Huge difference! Insurance, homeless, people quitting mid shift... I did see a lot of the same things in the MTF but have to admit not to the extreme that I'm seeing now on the civilian side. I miss the Army ER, hope to become a trauma nurse after my orientation is up at my next duty station. Good article, thanks!
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