A Day in a Life of an ER Nurse
Nothing can be faster than a day of an emergency room nurse. When the patients came rushing inside the ER, the possibilities are limitless testing the skills of nurses assigned in that area. However, above the unexpected episodes of life events, nurses in the emergency room are prepared to preserve life or assist patients even in their last minute of life.
I am presently an emergency room nurse. Honestly, being assigned here was really my random decision. I did not even chose it because I love the cases but I was not that really sure where I am good at. So I chose this department to specialize on and fortunately I was assigned again in this area to work now with pay.
Typically, the activities in the Emergency room may involve initial assessment of the patient and complaints. The first step in encountering patients in the ER is to introduce your name first. In this manner, any barriers of trust can be erased. Upon recognition of the patient that you are his or her nurse, he or she will then be able to convey his or her concerns or reasons why he or she is brought in the ER. Baseline vital signs are then taken as well as other pertinent information from the patient as well as from the folks. There are cases also that attending physicians give referral letters to the patient so that ER nurses and medical personnel may know immediately that activities appropriate for the patient.
Some of the activities that an ER nurse may do include closely monitoring the patient, starting intravenous fluids and medications. In this step, an ER nurse is therefore needed to be a licensed intravenous therapist. In terms of diagnostic procedures such as ECG, CT Scan or MRI, ER nurses have the responsibility to prepare the patient for the procedure, secure consent from the patient and folks and even assist the patient after the procedure.
Most cases may involve fear and loss of control from the patient, ER nurses must be equipped to alley these fears and answer the questions. That is why ER nurses must be knowledgeable enough of pathophysiology, pharmacology and medical-surgical nursing.
As the ER is the window of the hospital, ER nurses must always take pressure with grace. Despite the alarming situation most of the time in the ER, ER nurses are always ready to smile and give comfort to each distressed patient.
When the orders of the physician are completed and all the first medical interventions done, the patient is now ready to transfer to his or her room. The ER nurse is still there to know whether the patient is stabilized and ready for transfer.
So this how a day of an ER nurse may take place. In each day new learning can be harvested so being an ER nurse means being open with new challenges of life.