I have a question

  1. Howdy Yall
    From deep in the heart of texas

    I have a question. Why isnt ER nursing listed up in the critical care nursing area.????????? As an Er nurse of many years, I find this to be mortifying. Er is as critical in care as anything else in that section. Lets face it, we send them a very fair portion of their patients after we have stabilized or resuscitated them. And yall fail to place us in the critical care section. This hurts.

    Keep it in the short grass yalll
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    About teeituptom

    Joined: May '01; Posts: 5,588; Likes: 560
    ER RN
    Specialty: ER,ICU,L&D,OR,ETC


  3. by   massEDgirl
    Actually I have no problem being disasociated from critical care (ICU) at all. I feel we are in a world of our own in the ED....and that's fine with me.

    We may be able to float to them and help out (been there...done that) But do you think they could float down to us and function??
  4. by   CEN35
    well......i popped back on a few minutes after feeding the rugrats breakfast. i decided to check out some more threads, and i found this one. i must say, "i thought i had to much time on my hands?" lmao!!! :chuckle

    sorry tom.... i just could not pass that one up! three and a half years on this board, and that's a first. it never even entered my head... lol! :roll :chuckle :roll

  5. by   eldernurse
    I have done all kinds of nursing, med/surg, oncology, cardiology, gyne, and now ER. ER is a world of its own.
  6. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    From deep in the heart of Texass

    Well cen 35 maybe your right and I do have too much time on my hands but that is now by very carefull design. But that just came too me in a flash. And I grant ER is a world all of its own. Maybe thats why Ive fit in so well here for almost 15 years now.

    keep it in the short grass yall
  7. by   micro
    too much time on the hands by design.........

    i am signing up for your class
  8. by   galenight
    off the subject, but teeituptom.... what does keep it in the short grass mean??
  9. by   teeituptom
    Howdy galenight
    from deep in the heart of texas

    keep it in the short grass means, stay in the fairway and out of the rough. The ball and thus life plays easier. just an old golf saying

    keep it in the short grass yalll
  10. by   tomrnff
    You know, I have often shared the same frustration. However, I finally came to the realization that you can't impress other nurses, as if you are 'invading their space'.

    I have been an RN for 12 years...11 years of which have been in the trenches. During those years, E.R. nursing (and nursing as a whole) has evolved at a rapid rate. Everyone fought to secure an identity and establish their mark in healthcare. I did the same. Then one day, I decided that as long as I knew my job and place in nursing life, then I can better concentrate on that job. Since then, I obtained my CEN. Something I recommend all ER nurses do. I have also taken it a step further by obtaining instuctor potential, if not instructor status in ACLS, BLS, PALS, ENCP, TNCC, and BTLS. I have maintained my paramedic certification. And just recently completed my BSN.

    I can sense that you take pride in your work. That is great. Remember, however, that it is patient gratification through a smile, hug, tear, or thank you that will be your greatest reward. With that, 'critical care' is just a term that loses significance.

    Keep up the good work!
  11. by   fab4fan
    Tom: I wondered the same thing; we are a world unto ourselves, but critical care, nonetheless.

    From deep in the heart of Amish country, where a "driver" is someone you hire to take you places you can't get to by horse and buggy.