What happens in your day to day life?
what is included in the day to day life of an ER nurse? I have had an interest in this field for a while now and just want some details to go by. #ernurse #nurse #nursing #medicine #healthcare #hospital-and-healthcare
If you work in a large ER, there may be specialty units within the ER. They could include trauma units, Clinical Decision Units, Psych units , Pre-Admit Units and Urgent Care Units to name a few. In any given week you could be assigned to one or multiple units.
Although it may sound scary and you are required to have a basic nursing knowledge base, ER Nursing is very much a team approach, you have help if needed. Being centered, grounded and having good technical skills and critical thinking skills is essentials. Priorities can change in a moments notice. So taking good care of yourself is just as important. That would be a great practice to initiate now in order to be a strong healer, no matter your role in Nursing.
If you are really interested in ER Nursing, I do have a couple of suggestions. If you are in High School and if your school has a Health Occupation Program, I would enroll. I definitely would talk to an ER Nurse to get some background and I would also see if your local hospital(s) have a volunteer program for "future nurses." I would let them know you are interested in the ER. If you are in college, you may be able to obtain a Nurse Internship role, depending on the facility. If not, you may be able to get a job as a PCT(Patient Care Tech), which would help.
I can't tell from your profile on whether you are a HS student or in college so I thought I approach the subject of Associate degree versus a four year degree. There continues to be conflicting arguments on each within nursing. I would be careful and do thorough research on what is required in your location before picking a degree program. Be advised that even within one location, different hospitals may have different requirements. Given all of the above, I have to admit that most hospitals, especially large corporate hospitals, require a four year degree.
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