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Emergency Room Diaries #1: This Isn't A Place For Sissies!! (By Louisiana Sandusky, R.N.) (~Part One~)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Friday, July 23, 2004

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Life in a busy Emergency Room--prior to the chaos that is sure to soon ensue. In other words, "the calm before the storm".

I only hope that today will be slow. I have been assigned to Emergency Room Duty; and at times things can get pretty crazy.

But no...this promises to be a busy day. The lobby/waiting room area is full to capacity, and at the sight of the people, I sigh heavily and prepare myself mentally for what is to come.

I only hope no trauma cases or life-threatening emergecies happen (fat chance of THAT ever happening; someone is always getting deathly sick or gravely injured!), I am not ready to deal with the human misery that is oftentimes the Emergency Department!

I haven't worked E.R. duty in a long time; I have usually been found in Med/Surg. or Peds, at the front desk; and at times I have worked ICU, both the Adults and Peds. I also have done a few rounds in Neuro ICU; I haven't done E.R. duty in about a year now. The only time I was ever in the E.R. was when one of my kids was brought in by ambulance or a family member (and then I was notified of it), but I have not forgotten of the frenetic, breakneck speed of the E.R. or the stress level. The stress level is incredibly high, and it is no wonder that many nurses burn out after doing rotations in the E.R.

I haven't done E.R. because of my own back troubles; but in the past, if I was needed and I was around the area, I was always summoned to help out. They needed my expertise or my counseling on certain matters, and while I was always glad to help out in a pinch, it was still murder on my back, and by the end of my shift, I was so stiff and so sore it was a wonder I didn't leave work in a wheelchair! But now that I have my electric scooter, maybe it will be easier for me as I motor my way around from patient to patient and take their histories and do the necessary vital checks every so often, just to keep tabs on their conditions.

Before I go to the E.R., I say a quick prayer and spend a little time reading my Bible. I also cleanse my mind and try to focus on the task at hand, and I try to prepare myself mentally for what may occur. I then grab a quick cup of coffee, park my carcass on the seat of my electric scooter, put my cane between my legs, and take off towards the confines of the E.R. department. I am now ready for whatever the day may bring.

(To be continued.)

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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/24/2004
I could work in a emergency a crisis I just block out ..but oh boy after the crisis is over my legs starts to!!

Great wite once again Karen!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 7/23/2004
I echo Karla's statements. I couldn't work in any emergency room either...
God Bless
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/23/2004

for you, this is a short write--but a great one

i couldn't work e.r.--too fast paced, too gross, too much pain

louisiana is stronger than me :)

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)

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