Another night in the ER

Week two of orientation. I swear every time I come in for work it’s a much different experience. Working in a hospital again is something I swore I would never do, but it’s been kind of fun. And the pay is a whole lot better.

I also get to interact with docs a lot more than I have in the past. Which is a good thing. They respect our input as medics, and will ask us for our opinions about what they are ordering for our patients. It’s kind of a nice feeling that we are treated as healthcare professionals by them as well.

I’m not sure why so many people badmouth nurses at this hospital, but I also haven’t seen the attitude towards EMS crews that many complain about. I have heard very little comments of “ambulance drivers,” other than to crews that pretty much only deserve that title. For the most part, the RNs here are very considerate towards the crews and will actually listen to them. Same with the treatment they get in the Trauma Room from the docs and the trauma team. It’s actually kind of cool to see how everything plays out from this side.

But on the other hand, I can’t wait to get back on a truck. I haven’t worked an EMS shift in coming on two weeks at this point, and I miss it. I’m gonna probably go back to that little rural service I used to work at in the next week or so and start to pick up some shifts. I have been informed that my services at the Evil Empire are no longer needed, so that’s one less thing I have to deal with.

Anyways, ya’ll stay safe and I’ll update later. I’m actually getting rather busy tonight lol

BTW, these night twelves are killing me. I miss my bunk for shifts

This is weird…

So… it’s my first night as an ER Paramedic at the state’s trauma center… So far all I can say is;
This is weird… Very weird. It’s kinda fun though, since there are only two of us (counting my trainer) here on the floor, and we are responsible for not only primary patient care on up to 6 patients at once, but also we are the go-to people to help in the rest of the unit and the trauma bays.
I honestly never thought I wanted to go back to working in a hospital again, but this could be fun. Plus there’s the amazing benefits and the option of free education on a pretty consistent basis. I’m still going to be working the truck at least a few shifts a month (or one a week I hope) but this will become my primary job. It’s also easy to transition to a flight team job after I’ve been here a while, since the hospital runs a fixed wing program.
But this is also my first night shift in a long time that going to bed when I’m not doing anything isn’t an option. THAT I don’t like. But here we go. Another chapter opened, another door taken. Let’s see what kind of trouble I can get myself in.
-TJ

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