Please forgive the long story!
Our ER is seriously drowning. As in patients waiting full DAYS (not hours), EMTs being requested to stay with instead of drop off patients because there is no one to care for them, etc etc. On a particularly bad day the hospital had to enact their disaster plan and pull employees from all departments, ancillary staff included for extra hands just to get almost stable. We weren’t able to go on diversion bc the other area hospitals already were.
I have worked at this hospital for years, and I truly love our organization. However, I have been away from bedside nursing (Telehealth)for 4-5 years. Prior to that, I was med surg. Not only are bedside skills likely super rusty, I have zero ED experience as an RN.
I would really love to help for the sake of our patients/ community but I know transitioning to a specialty like this in a struggling environment will be an extreme challenge. I would truly love to hear any and all advice/opinions/thoughts you may have. Should I run to the fire or away from it??
I have already put my name on the list to be called as a disaster volunteer if the need arises again. My husband is slightly concerned about the risk of bringing home COVID as well since we have small children who are too young to be vaccinated. He says he would be less anxious if I did all I could to be safe. What measures are you taking to limit transmission?