Pros: the experience and knowledge gain
Cons: five days a week work, difficult with school schedule.
A typical day at Jackson - Starts out with the morning report and pertinent information we should know. Then rounding, getting to know patients and the care necessary. Updating each patient and charting. Do daily point of care checks and If not busy, stock rooms. If busy we have to check each patient order and do it, example, start I; draw blood; get cultures, blood and urine; hang IV fluid and update patients after ever procedure, and chart. Take patients for radiology test or transport admitted patient to the floor if we can, instead of waiting for escort services. Patient care and patient satisfaction are very important, therefore it is vital to be emphatic, compassionate and understanding to each individual differently as each one is unique. I have learned a lot, especially when we have mock resuscitation scenarios which has to be treated as real. The hardest part of my job is when a child dies, no matter how trained you are, that's one thing you never get used to or treated as if its all in a days work. No, loosing a patient is very heart felt, its like loosing your own child and you cannot help but cry along with the families.
I love it when you can make a difference in the health of a person, to see them walked out feeling better and satisfied with our care and service to them, it is wonderful feeling to change a frown to a smile and tears to laughter, give you a sense of achievement and fulfillment.
I like the team work we had in my department, not only with peers, but with nurses, doctors, secretary and even management. We were one big family in the Pediatric Emergency Room, I totally enjoyed it.