CAREpoint pictured in ENA article
“We have the opportunity to be there when people are most vulnerable.”
-ENA President Kathleen E. Carlson, MSN, RN, CEN, FAEN
10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became an Emergency Room Nurse:
1. Unlike most specialists, you need to know how to treat people of all ages and needs.
2. Deciding who to treat first is really, really hard.
3. Multitasking is essential.
4. It’s way more work than it looks like on paper.
5. You’re a nurse no matter where you are, even when you’re off the clock.
6. You will become fanatical about your loved ones’ safety.
7. Emergency departments don’t always hire nurses straight out of school.
8. Sometimes, patients will treat you like a punching bag.
9. You will have to learn how to deal with death.
10. Just being there with a patient, or patient’s family, can be healing.