Hello, my name is Julie and I just started working at a very small rural hospital. This hospital has 12 beds on the floor and 3 ER rooms. We also have 3 OB rooms. I am coming from working on a neuro vascular floor at a large hospital in Portland Oregon, where we had 5 - 7 nurses on at a time on the floor I was on alone. Now there are two of us! To take care of the patients on the floor, manage OB and ER! It is soooooo different, I have to start my own IV's, do my own neb treatments, there is no one to consult on anything, no transportation for the patients, no 24 hour pharmacist in this hospital, only a 3 day a week pharmacist, and we get our own meds the rest of the time, how weird! But you know what? I love it! I have never enjoyed a job so much or sooooo looked forward to going to work as I do now!
I love taking care of people I know I will see out in the small community we are movingt to, I love that everyone knows every one else, or at least their cousin or brother.
I am learning so much though. I am a relatively new nurse and have never done ER or OB before. I am very thankful for this forum where I can share and learn from others out there in the same boat!