RN ED, eastern Long Island NY - February 10, 2016
I did this assignment from May to September every year for 3 years. I worked PACU the rest of the year but ED every summer. Although it seemed like there was adequate staff, the entire staff often missed lunch, and breaks were none existent on days and evenings. The night staff usually had their breaks. My normal shift was 11a to 11p. but because I was housed very close to hospital I often filled in on all the other shifts. This was a teaching hospital for the medical students at Stony Brook Medical school in NY. I often pre-cepted medical students who needed to learn to start IVs or insert catheters. The reason I kept going back to this hospital was the people that worked there. For the most part they were all very good at their jobs and cared a lot for the patients which were a very diverse mix of affluent to migrant workers as this part of NY is still very much a farming community.