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New ED job 2:30p-3a! Advice..

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Specializes in Emergency - CEN. Has 7 years experience.

Hi Everyone! I just accepted an offer to work evening shift (2:30p-3a) at a very busy, huge ED. I will be orienting on days (because that's when preceptors are available). I heard (from reading around on allnurses) that 3p-3a is the busiest shift and you literally do not have time to sit down and you may be dumped on. Is this all true?! (I know i'm asking the same people who probably answered before). I am very excited for this opportunity and I will learn a ton and their ED nurses get to drop central lines which is great experience! Any advice for a med-surg nurse transitioning to ED? I've taken ACLS already. I won't have to deal with the peds patients (who I am scared of) until I get comfortable as an ED nurse.

PacoUSA, BSN, RN

Specializes in PCU / Telemetry. Has 9 years experience.

Never worked ED (would like to in the future tho) ... but I do know that the shift you are referring to is truly a dumping ground because it trancends shift change between traditional day and night (@ 7pm). In my experience, 11a to 11p is more common -- they get floated more and they end up picking up slack from shift changers. No one who has worked 11a-11p that I know has liked it.

RN_Sara

Has 2 years experience.

I work 7p to 7a in a busy ED. We start slowing down around 2:30-3:00 in the morning so my guess is you will be very busy. Makes the shift go fast though! 11a to 11p is the most popular shift at our hospital. Waiting list for that shift is several months long.

Lev, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency - CEN. Has 7 years experience.

I work 7p to 7a in a busy ED. We start slowing down around 2:30-3:00 in the morning so my guess is you will be very busy. Makes the shift go fast though! 11a to 11p is the most popular shift at our hospital. Waiting list for that shift is several months long.

11a to 11p is the shift I'd like to be on. I made this known to the manager and she said I would be put on the wait-list right away and hopefully something will open up when I'm done orientation. I know that I will never be bored and it will be a change in pace from Med-surg which is very busy too, but a lot of that business is related to documentation, passing oodles of meds, getting people drinks, and doing secretarial work. In the ED, patients aren't fed much. I think in the ED I will be doing more skills stuff.

I work in a level one trauma ED in Sydney, Australia and our busiest period is 4pm-2am so I'm sure you'll be busy as well!

I bought Sheey's manual of emergency care when I first started in Emergency (I was a surgical background as well) and I have found it a good summary of common conditions and scenarios I work with. It's also written in the USA.

good luck!

Lev, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency - CEN. Has 7 years experience.

Thanks to everyone for your advice!

tarotale

Has 1 years experience.

went from floor to ER. I felt like most of my floor experience didn't do jack to make me a better ER nurse. it's just different pace; you will see :)

i think the best thing that helped me was just drop the floor mentality. really, there's no possible way to be present in 4 rooms all at the same time because you will have orders and works ups to do on all 4 people, and you just got to pick the priorities and work on them. honestly, imo, most of people who come to ER aren't critical people like you see on TV, and even the sick ones, they aren't going to die if you attend to other higher priority stuff. It's code strokes, stemis, intubation, traumas, critical vs, active bleeds with critical h&h, etc... you know those kinds of things will make you run but most of them, they'll do fine :)

first 3 months really sucked big for me, but i'm pretty comfortable with all but really critical stuff. but you will have coworkers buzzing in there to help you, hope you do well!

tarotale

Has 1 years experience.

I work in a level one trauma ED in Sydney, Australia and our busiest period is 4pm-2am so I'm sure you'll be busy as well!

I bought Sheey's manual of emergency care when I first started in Emergency (I was a surgical background as well) and I have found it a good summary of common conditions and scenarios I work with. It's also written in the USA.

good luck!

hey aussie girl, quick question. have you worked in US by any chance?

emtb2rn, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Emergency. Has 21 years experience.

3-3's a weird shift. I did it for a couple of years before moving to 11-11. I found that things generally (but not always) settled down around 1am.

I didn't like the sleeping pattern on 3-3. Not days, not evenings, not nights. Was more exhausted then when i worked nights.

Racer15, BSN, RN

Specializes in ED. Has 5 years experience.

I work it all. 3p-3a, 11a-11p, 1p-1a, and verrry rarely I work 9a-9p. In the ED. It just depends. On the 3-3, I may take over rooms for someone going home or I may float and get stuck in triage the rest of the night. 11-11 may find me in the fast track or I may spend my shift giving lunches with the last 4 hours taking a block. 1-1 is usually a crapshoot depending in how wild the day is. I don't really hate 3-3 but I'd prefer the other shifts. Most people balk at my shifts but I kind of like mixing it up.

Lunah, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

I love 3p-3a, it is my ideal shift! Be prepared to run. You sound so excited, just remember that feeling if you start feeling like you're never going to get the hang of things during orientation. It's tough to transition to the ED, but it can be done and that is precisely why people orient! :)

Lev, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency - CEN. Has 7 years experience.

I love 3p-3a, it is my ideal shift! Be prepared to run. You sound so excited, just remember that feeling if you start feeling like you're never going to get the hang of things during orientation. It's tough to transition to the ED, but it can be done and that is precisely why people orient! :)

I am really excited. I know it will be a big learning curve but I think with a good orientation I will do fine.