ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!??? Why did no one every tell me that I was GOING to ADORE being in the ER???? I LOVE IT SO MUCH!! Wow - its nice to have my brain wake up again. I love the staff. I love the social aspect of it all. Yes, I am still terrified of old ladies. One slapped my arm for "being too rough" with her tape. Which I seriously doubt since I work with preemies all day. Yes - some times the sights and smells are just down right gross. But I am having a blast. I talk to people all day long. ALL DAY! It's so much fun. The staff is wonderful and so kind to me. They take great care of this silly old baby nurse. I thought they might try to eat me alive from being so annoyed with my lack of adult knowledge, but they just love the baby info I bring to them. I am loving all the interaction with taking care of adult patients. I didn't think I would, but I really do love talking to them. Plus putting an IV in a grown up is SOSOSOSOSO much easier. You can actually say, "Hold still" and most of them listen.
I am almost done with orientation and I could not be more excited to be awake and alive at work again. I still do NICU some, but now it feels like a restful vacation compared to the mass craziness of the ER. For the first time I can actually say that I like this job.
Side note - the ER I work in does not do heart attacks or major trauma unless they walk in the front door. It is a lower acuity ER which is just the right kind of ER for me right now. Gun shot wounds and major burns are not my gig. I am all about fluids and anti nausea meds, maybe a little shortness of breath, or needing some stitches. If you are holding in your own intestines please let me find you someone else. Thanks.