Starting my new job in the ER on Monday! *long post- sorry*

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@chic_and_fabulous:  Just take it day by day and remind yourself this is what you want and what you have worked so hard for.  Congrats to you and best of luck!!  🙂

Post # 4
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Worker bee

LISTEN TO YOUR PRECEPTOR. Youre going to see an incredible array of complaints, diseases, personalities, etc. Don’t judge. Try to be objective. Be a sponge and soak it all up. You’re going to learn a LOT.

 

If you don’t know, ASK. There is no dumb question.

Your fellow workers from porters to janitors to the specialists MDs will be happy to show you new and interesting things. No need to dance around but be interested.

Say yes. Say please. Say thank you. Volunteer for any little job, even it’s cleaning up poop. DO NOT be one of those “I’m far too educated to empty a bedpan.” Puh-leeze.

Twenty-plus years in a variety of medical settings. I’m still learning. Best of luck to you. It’s a very interesting job.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Are you sure you can take “as needed” meds on the job in an ER? If you’re talking benzo’s.. that may be a patient safety issue. 

I’m sorry the last doc you had to work with was such a dick. Most of them are not though. The ER is a really tough place to work. Maybe it would be best to work through some of the anxiety and other issues before taking on an ER job? You’re going to be facing a lot of stress there.. it’s the nature of the beast. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

@chic_and_fabulous:  congrats! I’m an RN too. I worked as an LPN for awhile while i was in school. You’ll be fine, just give yourself time to get adjusted. My manager told me it would take me 6mths to a year to start feeling comfortable and she was right. In the beginning it was stressful but it got better. Dont worry or be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Good luck! 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@chic_and_fabulous:  If it’s just from that one doc, I would just remind yourself that you never, ever have to work for that jerk again. If he/she were to yell at you now, you can walk away or tell him/her to eff right of because you don’t work there anymore. I think over time as you build a routine in your new job your last experience will be further and further behind you (well hopefully).

Good luck in the ER. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Best of luck – and take it day by day 🙂

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

How exciting! Congrats

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Congrats! I’m an ER RN also. It’s tough work but it’s a thrill. You get to see so many different types of patients and cases. There’s a lot to learn, and it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed at first, but you will be well prepared by the end of your orientation. Eventually it will be second nature. If you have any questions about adjusting to an ER or anything like that, PM me 🙂

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