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If you read through the past discussions here you will get tons of issues and disagreeing sides on the issue.
I have always had my own insurance. You don't need to ever tell anyone you have it. It is none of their business.
And yes IMHO you heard right. You can be thrown under the bus very quickly. Never be unprotected. Also hospital provided insurance is only good while you work with them. So if you have left their facility and work somewhere else, but get called on something that happened there, you are unprotected.
I use NSO because I have used them a couple of times over the years and they were great. There is also Proliability, and your homeowners policy can have a rider too. So talk to an insurance agency, there are some options.
I worked ER for about 9 years, then went to ICU and am going on 5 years there. Both are considered "specialties" for good reason. The difference comes into play that in the ER everything is explore and stabilize, while in ICU you are tweaking and doing long term management. Both specialties require nurses to have great critical thinking skills and be able to multitask on a very high level.
In a way ICU is easier because you usually already know what the patients major malfunction is when you get them. In the ER you have to be a detective and try to figure out what the problem is.
Both ER and ICU nurses have to know how to code a patient, give lots of blood, titrate dopamine, fentanyl, and a bunch of other drugs. I do think it's easier to go from ER to ICU because as an ER nurse you learn to just deal with whatever comes through the door. I see a lot of ICU nurses who don't like the uncertainty, and will say, "I'm not ready to take another patient." In the ER we don't have that option. They just keep coming in no matter how busy we are.
Let's stop looking to see who is "better" or what ever, and start to appreciate the importance of each area of nursing. We are all highly trained individuals.
Please stop second guessing yourself. If it had been a witnessed birth maybe. But the fact that there is no way of knowing what the down time was before you arrived makes it most likely that this was not going to have a good outcome. You did everything you could and I'm sure the family is grateful for your help.
I always steer away from people who make statements like, "I always say." Mental health issues run the course from someone who is afraid of spiders, to psychopaths. I think we would be hard pressed to find anyone that doesn't have some sort of at least small fear or phobia. I work ICU, ER and psyche and have seen nutsy nurses in all these positions.
From my experience a person who is really mentally ill won't stay in psyche nursing very long because they aren't really there for the patients, but to help themselves. I've seen a couple who only lasted a few months. Just like all other types of nursing there are all kinds of nurses who work psyche, some are extremely well adjusted people from normal homes and some have issues of their own. It's this mix of personalities that make for a strong unit where everyone can learn and grow.
EKUGRAD, you sound like an awesome person and they are lucky to have you.
I spent several years in the ER and now ICU. I have seen doctors cry, firemen cry, EMS, nurses and all the rest. At first it is hard to control your emotions, but as time goes on you learn to get the job done, then cry. I gotta say, there is nothing more gut renching then seeing a fireman cry. But I have nothing but respect for those who cry.
Most of us agree that when you don't cry anymore then you should probably get out
Why didn't you just stay "stop for a second, I forgot to dilute it"
My problem has always been that I feel the patients pain/discomfort. It has taken me years of telling myself, "its their pain, not mine."
Depending on your job and work team, nursing can be scary and very hard. I've worked in great places, and horrible places. Thank God I now work in a very nice place. The job can be hard, combative patients, snarky, stupid docs, lots of poop. But nursing has been very good to me overall and I love it. It is incredibly rewarding knowing you have helped people on the worst days of their life. I've even saved a few lives. I love the science, the challenge and the friendships.
I love seeing my skills become better all the time. The ICU I currently work in is the hub of the hospital and we help and monitor the other depts (night shift). Our hospital is not without problems and like most places they don't really listen to our input, but for the most part staffing in our unit is good and my team mates are awesome. I'm very grateful for the chance to be a nurse and help people. Nurse of 15 years, started at 45. It's not to late.
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