I've been working in the ER for a year. I won't go into detail but the job may just not be a fit for me. I can do the work, and it's exciting and interesting, but if nursing is a process of clinical expertise, the level I was working at (emergency management of stable, ESI acuity 3-5 with occasional dips into 2) was far more about monitoring and task, than plan of care and a full nursing response.
I recently accepted a clinic position with the public health department of the county I live in. I am hopeful this will give me an opportunity to reach people BEFORE they come to the ER for care. I think I would like this. My nature is basically didactic, I like to teach and I think I am good at it. So many people become emergent with conditions that could be, in many cases avoided, or at least managed, it would be nice to be in a position to help.
An ounce of prevention...
The job represents a small pay cut, but the benefits and hours are much better. This is good. I'm an older person now (lol).
So, welcome me aboard?