Paramedic to ER Nurse - page 2
Okay guys, give it to me straight. What are going to be my biggest challenges transitioning from being a medic to working as an ER nurse? I know that I feel comfortable with ACLS, PALS,... Read More
Nov 3, '07Lunah,
How ya doing? It sounds like you're progressing along in your RN studies. I just started a RN-BSN program. I hope you're doing well.
Nov 3, '07Quote from LunahSounds like me, bu im my case my young EMT partner looked at me and siad "you sound like a ##### nurse" All becaue I didn't think 9L of NS in 9 Bloocks was a god thing for my patient.Thanks, I really appreciate that! I know that working in the ED has definitely made me a better medic, too. (Although I do get the occasional hairy eyeball from my medic partner when I use nasal cannulas instead of non-rebreathers in the field ... he tells me the ED has ruined me. I just can't bring myself to blast everyone with O2 @ 15 LPM! Sure, some need it, but not everyone.)
Nov 4, '07Keep you head down, eyes and ears open, and mouth shut. Take in everything because the ER is different then the field. I agree with the other postings - the loss of autonomy will probably be the biggest struggle but in the mean time you gain something else. You become part of a larger team and you get to see what happens to the patient after then are dropped off at the ER.
The one thing I disagree with is the comment that medics have better skills the ER RNs. Either this person is a new RN (less then 5 years) or someone who never developed a confidence in their own abilities. It's much more difficult to put a foley cath (and maintain sterile technique) in a 300 lb. woman then it is to intubate the typical code.
Nov 4, '07Quote from jlcole45LOL ... having done both, I have to agree! I do Foleys where I work as a tech ... sometimes I wish I didn't! Seriously, thanks for the advice -- it's appreciated!It's much more difficult to put a foley cath (and maintain sterile technique) in a 300 lb. woman then it is to intubate the typical code.
Nov 5, '07Quote from ag01medicIt's going very well! I'll PM you.How ya doing? It sounds like you're progressing along in your RN studies. I just started a RN-BSN program. I hope you're doing well.