ER nursing

Shannon - posted on 11/20/2008 ( 47 moms have responded )

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Hi all, looking to see how many ER nurses are on here.

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Heather - posted on 04/28/2013

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ER nurse here! Been one for 8 years. Also a SANE too...

Nice to see some ER gals on here!

Sharlene - posted on 02/10/2012

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Hi there , Ive worked as a ER nurse in a big busy hospital and have worked as a ICU nurse as well .

Kimberly - posted on 06/24/2011

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Hi there!! I am an ER RN for the last 10 yrs. I work in a small Level 2 trauma ER in The lower Hudson Valley, NY. LOVE ER NURSING!!!!!! No offense to any other field but I felt like a grandious babysitter on the different Med-Surg areas I have worked in. Never did critical care, My Med/surg position was dissolved and they had to place me else where. I chose the ER and never looked back!!

Melissa - posted on 07/14/2010

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Hey there,
I'm new to this community. I've been nursing for about 3 years now...community peads, the peads at a children's hospital, now working in a small rural hospital in northern Ontario, Canada...10 bed ER with a 6 bed unit...very small, but very busy...we see all walks of life, but major traumas are stabilized and flown out to larger centres. It's fast and furious and I love it!!

Britney - posted on 02/19/2010

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I'm a ER nurse in LA right now, but I'm moving to Australia in a month, so I'll be working till I can till the baby is born since it's not due for 6 months.. I'm only 3 months.

Terri - posted on 11/29/2009

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Hello,

I have been an ER nurse since 1991. Have tried other areas but always seem to end up back in the ED. Worked at a Level 1 Trauma center for 10yrs in NC but now in a small community hospital. They are all the same....you always have your regulars and your seekers. ER nursing is definately something that gets in "your blood". Glad to see all the working moms on here!

April - posted on 06/09/2009

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I'm new to the Northern NY area and have an interview for the ER. I've worked in a level one trauma center and a level 3 ER. I love that things are always changing and people never cease to amuse me with some of the reasons they come in.

Arlene - posted on 05/30/2009

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Hi there! I have been working in the ER for 11 years now. I would like to try hemodialysis when given the chance. I did a stint in ICU for almost a year - not my cup of tea. Right now, I work part time, 3 days a week. It works well for me since I have 2 kids at home.

Jennifer - posted on 05/26/2009

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Hi all,

I work in rural Kansas in the ER.

It is a hoot cause you do a bunch of stuff from Clinic to Trauma and you are the only RN in there. When you clock in ,you check to see who is working on the Med/surg floor that can help you when needed. Sometimes you are out of luck. Thank goodness for good ER Techs!!!!

I have done some travel nursing in the past but had to settle down for the kids.

I have worked in Toronto,Canada , Savannah , GA Manhattan, KS , Stamford ,CT

Wichita, KS and a bunch of little hospitals in Kansas

I also love L&D which seems to many ER nuses a faux pas. They always shuttled the pregnant ones to me! How funny.

Anne - posted on 05/17/2009

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I have been an ER nurse for 24 years. Wow!! How fast time passes when you are having fun! I couldn't imagine doing anything else.

Dawn - posted on 04/17/2009

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ER nurse for 8 years. Most in Level 2 center. Love the variety. Just get fustrated with the abusers- drug and of "the system". We are the community's family doctor because it's "free". Then we can't use or resources to take care of the really sick. Urg

Andrea - posted on 03/25/2009

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Hey 5 year ER nurse mother of 3 here. Mostly love the job, great hours and flexibility, varied population, fast paced, high energy, and ever evolving, but sometimes war zone like. Love the troops in the trenches with me.  I dont think i can do anyother nursing.

Robyn - posted on 03/18/2009

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I am a Assistant in nursing and and currently going to do my een course hopefully in july. Im from australia. Live in rural north queensland so any help is needed fopr those dreaded assignments LOL. 



Is there anyone here from Australia. Would like to hear stories from any EEn who have experioence in aged Care. I haqve done nursing for over 5 yrs now specialize in pallative and dementia related nursing.

Joan - posted on 03/14/2009

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Hi, I have worked in the ED for 9 years. I have worked both level 1 trauma centers, Peds ED, and now currently the ED manager of a small rural community hospital. I worked ED through all three of my children and breastfed all of them. With my son  and youngest daughter I worked nights and it was a little easier, but with my middle daughter I worked days and it was very difficult to find the time or even a place for that matter. I usually ended up pumping only twice in a 12 hour shift in the bathroom and one of those times was usually my lunch break. Somedays it was easier if my coworkers were moms that had breastfed as they were more understanding. I think you just need to be assertive and tell them that you need time and a place to pump. Good luck.

Rachel - posted on 02/25/2009

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I have been an ED nurse off and on for about 6 years. I've left a few times to explore other departments and find after awhile that end up missing the fast pace and quick turnover of pts in the ED. I work in a rural hospital in Ukiah, Mendocino County, CA.
Now I am about to return to work part time after 6 months of maternity leave. I am having a hard time imagining 10-12 hours away from my baby girl.

I breast feed any suggestions on finding the time to pump and working in the ED??

Shelby - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Shannon:

ER nursing

Hi all, looking to see how many ER nurses are on here.



Hello!



 



Mom of 3 year old girl who is ER nurse. I only work weekends.  Great job so that I can still be involved as a parent and work to support my family.  Really great stories too!!!

Andrea - posted on 02/25/2009

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Ya know- I've been in ED for 10+ years- from small rural to Level I and teaching facilities.  I flex from CCU/ ICU to the ED.  I have to say "poor form" with the response below to drug seekers!- that's what your setting for expectations to the ED! I get so tired of this type of nurse- ya frequent flyers and drug seekers are the norm, but remember, they are people and treat them that way! Be a part of the solution, not the problem.  Be a resource.  "cuz baby- anymore- THAT is the ED, trauma that is not second hand is rare and everything else is just a pathway! Just say no to potluck!

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I'm an ER nurse currently working for a level II trauma hospital SNCH...can't see myself working the floors anymore...planning on relocating to Tampa Florida...any advice on what hospitals to apply for....

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I never let abusers, drug seekers, psych patients affect me...it's not worth it and technically there not really with it in the head if u know what i mean...


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I have seen regulars reduce new nurses to tears....they aren't worth it!!





 

Amy - posted on 02/15/2009

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Hey! just joined circle of moms, I've been a ER nurse for 5 yrs and love it. One of my doc's asked me how long do i plan on doing ER, and i told him i don't plan on going any where!!! I'll probably be doing this until i'm old and then i'll go to some doctors office or be a school nurse.

Arlene - posted on 02/10/2009

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Hi! I work at Mercy Hospital in Scranton, PA. I have been an ER nurse for 11 years now. Had a short stint working in ICU (almost a year) and it just made me realize how I love working in the ER. Now I am back doing ER nursing - no more experimenting in other areas!

Sara - posted on 02/06/2009

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I'm also an ER Nurse, for 6 years now, since graduating from nursing school...love it on most days. I do agree with all the comments about the drug seekers and the regulars that come in....I think it is all the same no matter what region you're in. I work in a Level 1 Trauma Center in Savannah, GA - have been a charge nurse there for 5 years now. I work night shift and have been having a difficult time adjusting to it with my 4 month old. Any suggestions?!?

Melanie - posted on 02/06/2009

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I have been working in the ER since I graduated school, almost 5 years.  Work in Hayward Ca.  Couldn't see myself doing anything else.

Rebecca - posted on 01/29/2009

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ANother Er Nurse. Been in the Field for 22 years and still love it . Work just outside of Boston.....

Becky - posted on 01/24/2009

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Hi there, new to the group and looking to get out of my current position on a stroke/tele floor.  Any helpful ideas about ER nursing and how to tell if it's something I would be good at and enjoy? Do you get to eat lunch, ever?  LOL

Shannon - posted on 01/22/2009

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LOL Darla, I am right there with you.  We have seen some things that would make most grown men cry...or puke...but that is ok with us.  I love comming home and telling my non medical husband the gore over dinner...lol Welcome to the group!!

Darla - posted on 01/22/2009

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I am an ER nurse in the neighboring country to most of you......British Columbia, Canada. Love the pace, the acuity, the stress, the blood gutts and gore. ;)

Allison - posted on 01/19/2009

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I am in ER nurse.  I work at a Level one trauma center in Northern VA and I love my job!!!

Shannon - posted on 01/13/2009

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I love working with the kids.  We don't have a seperate ER for peds but when they come in everyone comes to me to get the IV's.  Last night my 17 month old was in for IV fluids and Rocephin for urosepsis.  When I got home from work he had a 105.1 rectal temp.  Can I tell ya I hate being on the other side of things!!!

Melinda - posted on 01/13/2009

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I agree with the previous tip. I just would add, take everything said to you by abusers, and other questionable characters with a grain of salt. They are miserable in life and just want to drag you down with them.

Shannon - posted on 01/13/2009

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I have a suggestion April, get used to seeing regular drug seekers and never let them get under your skin.  And always know that you are a team member and someone will always be there to help.

Melinda - posted on 01/13/2009

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Been in the ER for about 10 years. I don't think I can work without some higher level of stress.

April - posted on 01/10/2009

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Training for ER have been a med/surg - Critical care nurse for 2 years now at a small community hospital in colorado. Any tips on ER nursing

Shannon - posted on 11/22/2008

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How busy is St. John? I heard Mercy is a nasty place to work, but haven't heard what it was like at St. John. I worked at Spectrum for 7 years and now am stepped down to a level 2 ER at Metro.

Kari - posted on 11/22/2008

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Well - I guess I am the first to respond. I work at St. John Hospital - Detroit, Mi. I have been in the ER for 6 years now and have been contingent in PICU for 1 1/2 years. GO ER!!!!!!

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