Monday, December 13, 2010

Respecting the world outside the doors of critical care

I’m an ‘ICU’ nurse. I’ve been in critical care pretty much my whole career in one way, shape, or form. Every nurse has their forte’, and mine is the world of critical care.

Maybe it’s because I’m an adrenal junkie?

Some would say it’s because I’m a man (the good ole’ male-nurse stereotype).

Or maybe it’s my need for ‘control’? I don’t know. What I do know is when I step outside those doors of critical care my heart starts to race just a lil’. Each time I am outside my comfort zone I gain more respect for those nurses who do it every day.

The other day I worked on the telemetry floor. Working in a smaller rural hospital it’s part of the job. When it’s the census or staffing, when you work in the ICU it’s part of your job to ‘float’ to other departments when the need arises.

It was my turn the other day.

I must tell ya, I couldn’t remember the last time I worked ‘outside’ of ICU? Don’t’ get me wrong, it’s neither good nor bad, it’s just been the luck of the draw. Going from a 2-3 critical care patient assignment to a 5-8 telemetry assignment doesn’t sound like much, but it requires a whole new way of thinking and prioritizing.

I really don’t know how they do it??

Can relate to this working agency and going from unit to unit, place to place.


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