So will you be switching from a 5 day a week desk job back to 3-12's in the ER? If so, let us know how it goes. I'm in an ER/Urgent Care right now, and I see mostly urgent care patients, very few true ER. It's getting me so frustrated, I see these patients who do NOT need to seek medical assistance for their runny nose or their ant bite. Jeez, how can people not take any responsibility for their own care? They have a fever, but haven't considered taking Tylenol or ibuprofen? I'm so sick of my patients right now! They're all just whiners!!
However, it's a really easy job, lots of down time because I'm working night shift, frequently we have hours go by with no patients! I can read or watch Netflix for probably 50% of my shift at night! That's hard to walk away from. BUT I feel like I'd have a better attitude if I felt like my patients actually needed to be in the ER. So my dilemma is do I give up a cush job taking care of whiners and watching Netflix for a grueling 12 hour shift with no time for breaks, no time to sit, and lots of stress and people dying?
I'd love to hear how you handle going from desk job to real ER nursing. As far as my position, I'm not going anywhere until my contract is up, but for my next job, I'm considering going back to a real ER but can't decide if I'll miss the easy job that I have now.