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How working in the ED made me a better person

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I've been reading lots of articles about burnout in the ED. One went so far to say it made her become a *****.

I thought I would share my insight. I was an ED tech while attending Paramedic School. The experiences I had for 2 years will hopefully be remembered, for the rest of my life.

I've met some of the coolest people - A cross country trucker, a wildlife photographer, WW2 vets, chefs, firefighters, musicians. I learned that I love to interact with people and I could never, ever,ever,ever work a desk job.

It has helped me come closer to being at peace with death.

It made me see that I am very blessed to have the opportunities that I have had in life.

It has made me a very patient and calm person.

It made me realize that the key to having energy in the ED is to train for endurance. My diet improved. My body improved. My mind improved.

It made me realize life is short. It's too short to live a boring life. Travel. Learn something new. Enjoy art, music, nature. You only have one life. Make it yours.

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LadyFree28 has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma.

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I've been reading lots of articles about burnout in the ED. One went so far to say it made her become a *****.

I thought I would share my insight. I was an ED tech while attending Paramedic School. The experiences I had for 2 years will hopefully be remembered, for the rest of my life.

I've met some of the coolest people - A cross country trucker, a wildlife photographer, WW2 vets, chefs, firefighters, musicians. I learned that I love to interact with people and I could never, ever,ever,ever work a desk job.

It has helped me come closer to being at peace with death.

It made me see that I am very blessed to have the opportunities that I have had in life.

It has made me a very patient and calm person.

It made me realize that the key to having energy in the ED is to train for endurance. My diet improved. My body improved. My mind improved.

It made me realize life is short. It's too short to live a boring life. Travel. Learn something new. Enjoy art, music, nature. You only have one life. Make it yours.

Well said.

The key to any nursing specialty is to learn endurance. :yes:

Having a perspective of reality and the expectation of anything and everything can happen helps transcend one's nursing practice as well, something I plan to have when transition to the ER.

Brevity helps as well.

Kudos on finding your niche! :up:

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