Pros: knowledge of trauma and trauma equipment, medical updates, recognition of hard work by physicians, teamwork
Cons: no breaks, difficult personality, low pay
Tufts Medical Center Emergency Room is a fast paced, trauma one facility. I have learned a lot in regards to medical knowledge, equipment usage/function, routine, requirements. It requires a lot of attention to detail, dependability, multi-tasking, and strength in dealing with some of the difficult staff and patients both. It tests character on a daily basis, requiring one to keep their composure, and professionalism. I spend much of the shift responding to doctors orders; answering calls, placing calls for physicians, inputting orders, updating outside facility information/diagnostic imaging. Sometimes doctors can be demanding and short with us, but in a busy trauma center, you cant let that deter or upset you, it means you work harder to assure what they want or need exceeds their expectations. I can say that I have a reputation at Tufts of going above and beyond what is asked of me, and I take pride in that. Being personally thanked by a physician is so very rewarding. We learn the importance of teamwork (the Boston Marathon bombing was an exceptional display of teamwork!) and how detrimental it is to have a successful, functioning and organized department!