I was a budget cut from the Maternal Child Health Unit and had a few options of what department to go to. I chose the Emergency Department because I knew it would a challenge and it also scared me. I worked 40 hours a week on nights. I learned a lot from performing EKG's, obtaining bloods and urines, performing point of care testing. I also loved the fact that the doctors loved to teach. The most enjoyable part of my job was working with a great team of doctors, nurses and other patient care techs.
Some of the hardest parts of my job would be pediatric deaths. Those always hurt the most, especially when you have to keep your poker face on during the whole code trying to save a child's life and then breaking down after the MD calls time of death. Also working third shift you have no resources like the other shift do, so we are doing more such as transports, housekeeping, and more patients with less Nurses, MDs and Techs.
Management at Day Kimball has been through many trials and errors. The new ED director just began working there in the past few months. Since being there I have had 2 other ED Nurse Directors. Each of them telling me certain things that one said I could do and other said I couldn't do, so the communication was poor.
Great MD's, Nurse's and Tech's to work with and learning a lot with trauma's, moderate sedation for reductions on limbs and a fast working enviorment.