No, really - what is your EMERGENCY?

This used to be the journal of a nursing student at a prestigious 4 year university that will still remain unnamed. This is now the journal of a Registered Nurse working in an Emergency Department in a major US city. All names have been changed to protect the stupid and the mean. There is no educational value in this journal, sometimes it will be downright mean and catty - this is where I come to vent!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

One Year In

So, I have officially been a registered nurse for a year. I can't believe it has been a year, since I really don't feel any different than I did a year ago!

So after a year, I have realized a few things:

1. I could never be a med-surge floor nurse. You guys must have the patience of saints. We board a lot of admitted patients in our ED - that is tough work.

2. I don't think anyone has or goes to a doctor's office. I'm confused about why I can never get an appointment - they clearly aren't seeing patients - they are sending them all to the ED.

3. I don't like management.

4. Travelers are great to fill out your staff but they are the most complaining bunch of people I have ever met.

5. Please do everything you can to control your diabetes or not develop it. If I see one more infected to the bone toe I will vomit.

6. 27 years old is far too young to be on the liver transplant list because of alcoholic induced cirohsiss.

7. Med students are annoying as all get out - especially in July.

8. I like Urgent Care - use it, please.

9. I love both Haldol and Ativan.

10. I find many days I am working for my fellow nurses and not necessarily for my patients. I feel stronger about showing up to make sure my workmates don't have to work harder than normal than I feel about showing up for my patients. There is probably something wrong with that, but as long as I keep showing up and doing my part, I guess it doesn't matter what gets me there.

That is all.


  • At 8:19 AM, Blogger The Triage Queen said…

    I thought just the OB offices sent their patients in to the hospital. If a patient calls the OB with a stubbed to, they say - go to OB TRIAGE......please, leave a bed for the women in labor.....

    Congrats on making it your first year. I don't know how you work in the ED!!!

  • At 2:00 PM, Blogger nati said…

    I stumbled across this blog while looking at new grad nursing stuff. After reading your stories I honestly think I go to the nursing school you went to! And working in an ED is just like you said! I have worked in one as a tech for 2 years! Congrats on making it through your first year! I haven't even graduated yet!!!!

  • At 11:59 AM, Blogger GLR BSN said…

    You haven't posted in a while - hope all is well!

    I am in the same boat as you -a little over a year ago.
    New grad, yr-long ED fellowship post-NCLEX with heavy concentration in ICU/CCU courses.

    It's very encouraging to read your posts - PLEASE MAKE MORE!!!

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  • At 6:25 PM, Blogger CxJvak said…

    I know it's been almost a year since you've posted, but I'll follow just for being in a similar boat and this statement.
    "Med students are annoying as all get out - especially in July"

    Being married to one, I agree.


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