5 Things You Learn from Working in an Emergency Department

If working in an emergency department is your dream, you better learn several things before you jump off right onto the jobs, knowing nothing. In fact, by preparing yourself with little knowledge, you can learn to be a better nurse in emergency department, so that you can perform better health jobs. Below are 5 things that you should know.

1. Knowing how to treat people of all ages and needs
Even though, emergency nursing is categorized as a nursing specialty, but in the field they have to work like generalists. They should be able to take care children and the elderly, pregnant patients and psychiatric patients, patients with special needs. Therefore, it is important to keep up on medical information and keep current in your continuing education. This will help you to get prepared for any kind of patient to walk through the door.

2. Knowing who Should be Treated First
This is another important skill that every nurse should have. A triage nurse will do an “across-the-room survey” to see who needs to be treated immediately and who can wait.

3. Multitasking is Essential
As you never know what’s you’re going to do next, so you need to think fast on your feet. In one minute, you may need to draw blood or starting IVs next, next you have to check on someone’s vital signs, and then perform CPR.  Fortunately, there are many safety mechanisms in place to catch potential errors. For instance, we can scan both the patient’s ID band and the medications, we scan both the patient’s ID band and the medications to make sure it’s the correct one, we’ll do a targeted medical history, review current medications and allergies to make sure there are no problems.

4. It’s Way More Work than It Looks Like on Paper
Generally, nurses work 12 hour shifts, 3 days a week. Even though, it is less than a 40 hour workweek, but it’s still exhausting. There’s no virtually no downtime and you’ll be on your feet the whole day. Not to mention running around during the entire shift. Moreover, there are on-call times, so you have to sign up for so many hours of on-call every six weeks-beyond your regular shift.

5. Sometimes, Patients will See You as a Punching Bag
Believe it or not, there is a lot of what we call “violent verbal abuse” in our department. At mild level, they might be yelling at you. I think everybody just has to put armor on their heart to prevent it will affect you.



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