I tested out of my RN program after the first two blocks so that I would be able to work as an LPN for the last two blocks. I worked in the ER at one of the hospitals here in Tucson. Predominately, I was allowed to operate and function in one of two capacities in the ER. I either helped out in triaging people in Triage, (all but the initial assessment) or I ran the fast track area caring for patients who did not have a high acuity, most of the time. The level of acuity depended significantly on who was running triage since I periodically did get patients who ultimately ended up having heart attacks, peritonsilar abcesses, hot appy, etc. Thankfully, that wasn't too often. The days were twelve hours long and remarkably fullfilling. I was able to give IM injections, start IV's, administer PO meds, perform dressing changes, apply splints, assist with casting, and the most important, relaying information to the doctors that may not have been caught in triage or did not become evident until the pt was in the fast track area. I caught a few pts that should have been placed with an RN in the ACL section, but were mis-triaged. Every day was new, and every day brought new challenges and lessons. How the average day went depended a great deal on the day. If we were holding pts, I might be the only nurse that day that was moving patients. If it was slow, you found that a lot of your patients were much more willing to be pleasant even when they didn't feel well. I would encourage any nursing student to take the interm step. You learn and experience so much more than if you remain working as a CNA or TECH, and when you ask questions about the patients, the other nurses are not as inclined to tell you that the information/procedure is out of your scope. They are often more willing to explain and take the opportunity to teach.