Quote from roxiroxmysox
Do you plan on getting the np specialty NP? As far as I know there is one in Georgia for emergency but that's about all. Just curious
If i do choose the NP role, I would go for an Emergency specialty. I know of Emory, Vanderbilt, Loyola, and I think Northshore (Chicago) has one too. I found this site and it gave me a glimpse of some of the procedures an ENP might be allowed to do: Trauma Nurse Practitioner - Training & Education - Trauma, Critical Care, and Burns - Division of Surgery, UCSD
I appreciate all the feedback and I definitely agree with you guys. I'm sure the most intense/interesting cases will be swiped up by the MDs/DOs, and if it's a teaching hospital, all the residents and students will get to assist ahead of me. As for now, I just want to get my BSN and be an ER nurse. If after a few years I find myself craving more of a provider role, maybe I'll consider going back to school for NP or DO.
Any of you guys work level 1 trauma? How much can an RN do in that setting? I've heard that trauma units will have a special trauma team that is dedicated to responding to incoming cases, but I'm unsure of the specific an RN would play during a GSW or full code.
I've never experience level1 and who knows, level 2 might just be all the crazy I can take anyways. I'm excited to be pursuing nursing and I'm dead set on ER only. I transport now and pretty much all of the floors and units are boring except for the ED and CCU.