Cardiac to ED - page 2

After a lot of soul searching, ED here I come! The main reason I'm transferring is because I want to learn some new skills and be a nurse in a different capacity. The secondary reason is the nature... Read More

  1. by   nursemeow
    Well I just wanted to put my input in being that I'd worked on the "floor" at a Cardiac Specialty Hospital before I became the ER nurse I am... First off... I am programed to do a full head to toe assessment...I would feel inadequate if I didn't...that's the way I am a nurse... After a period of time being a RN your assessment skills become second nature... Certainly focusing on the pt's C/C..... I LOVE that I was a floor nurse first... I naturally do all the extra things that an ER nurse might forget about as being important... water pitchers, blankets, pillows..etc.... PS ( Cardiac skills are CRITICAL)
    The ED is amazing to me... I am ALWAYS learning and at an intense rate no less!!! I feel the repetition of being a floor nurse would have burnt me out... AND I must say... there is no better bond and respect then within an ED.... When the SH@$ hits the fan.... ya better be confident... and you BETTER be confident in ALL of your co-workers...it's true team work... the ED would not function without it.... GO FOR IT!!! You'll be pleasently surprised
  2. by   rnbikermama71
    Quote from Virgo_RN
    Already have ACLS, required to work in cardiac.

    What do you love about the ED?
    I love the fast paced work. My crew has a great team. We all work together to see that the patients receive the care and attention they need. I love the fact that I really do learn everyday! Every day offers something new, and the work day flies by! Mostly, when people come back, recovered, and tell me 'Thank You':redpinkhe, my heart swells with pride, joy knowing I truly helped someone, or even better, that I saved someone's life. That is true emotional reward.
  3. by   BeachyRNn08
    Quote from Virgo_RN
    After a lot of soul searching, ED here I come! The main reason I'm transferring is because I want to learn some new skills and be a nurse in a different capacity. The secondary reason is the nature and demands of floor nursing. In our ED, we don't do head to toe assessments, feed people, or do med recs. Woohoo! Anyway, I've spent my entire nursing career as a floor nurse in cardiac, caring for people with arrhythmias, post MI, PCI, ablation, pacer implant, etc. What can I expect in the ED?
    Virgo, I'm in the exact same boat as you. I start orientation in the ER tomorrow (yay) after working on a cardiac floor. I'm nervous, scared, but most of all excited to get off the floor and make the move to the ER! I'm ready for a change of scenery so to speak, and I can't wait to start!! Good luck to you!!
  4. by   HikingNinja
    I love the ED for the pace and variety. And you do literally have to become a MacGyver of sorts. It's very team oriented. The docs often ask your opinion of what you think is going on with the pt. They depend on your judgement. The floors often don't give you any respect at all, especially the ICU as others have posted. What they don't realize is that I'm a critical care nurse too and I've just kept their patient alive long enough to get to their floor. We do head to toe also on all patients and if we miss a decub we are in for a write up. Med recs are required. As an ED RN you are expected to do everything quickly, just about perfectly, under the most stressful of conditions. You don't have the luxury of declining a patient or saying "Just give me half an hour til the next one so I can get caught up." I love it though. Wouldn't work anyplace else.

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  5. by   Roy Fokker
    This is just my opinion:
    * I would wait till you have atleast a year in the ED before you sit for your CEN.
    * Same for the TNCC (unless it's a requirement for the ED your switching to).
    * I strongly recommend taking as many "Critical Care" courses as you can (especially hemodynamic monitoring and intervention - CVP, Arterial lines etc.)

    cheers,

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