I just got a job as a Unit Assistant in the ER and this will be my first healthcare job. I have had many clinicals so I have experience with some skills and working in a hospital, but I am still a little nervous for everything the ER has to offer. I am excited to get good experience and skills down, but is there any advice out there from ER nurses to new assistants on the floor? Thanks...
Sep 28, '11
Expect chaos because the ER is where chaos goes to get calmed down. Get used to feeling overwhelmed, but never let it stop you from working towards getting the chaos settled down. Expect priorities, hence your tasks, to change frequently. ER staff are like priests, they make a living off of peoples misfortunes (mistakes, errors, weaknesses, etc). If you don't like the ER, don't stay there and be miserable. ER's are a love it or hate it deal, with little between. If it's not for you, don't feel you've failed by moving on. Love it or hate it, Good luck.
Sep 28, '11
You are going to get hammered, this is a fast and furious job. You may love the fast pace but the phone will always be ringing. You will learn how the ER runs from top to bottom which will serve you well later. I don't have any advice other than ask a lot of questions and make sure you understand how to do things. Good luck.
Nov 17, '11
I dont know what ERs you guys work in but its not all fast and chaos. Heck my buddy works an ER that is in a ghetto people flock there as if it were a county hospital. He always works the "red" zone and sits on patients all shift due to the lack of beds for admission. I have worked in an ER where there are times we have no patients.