I did do a med/surg job for about 6 months prior to entering the ED last month and I can't say it really helped me. I am happy I had the time there and learned what I did, but I am not a believer of that's the only way in to the ED or any specialty field, neither is the hospital I work at. There are benefits to everything... so who knows really.
I think I am learning to transfer my time management skills:
*Like staying focused on the task at hand and knowing that I need to finish up and move on.
*Limiting my time in each room, med/surg we could spend a little longer with them.
*Keeping the pt focused on the "chief complaint" when taking history.
*I am trying to be a little less focused on being so organized, I used to give my meds by 9, assess and chart by 11, feed by 1230, and so on... not so in the ED. It's OK for me to know where I am going and where I have been, but I need to be aware that I may have to move onto something else very quickly.
*Charting as soon as I give a med or finish any task, med/surg no one else was gonna give my meds or start that line.
I hope this is some help, I am brand new in the ED too, and I guess I am writing this more to get it out in front of me so I can see it.