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9 Comments

  • kenju
    kenju

    August 31, 2005 at 11:45 am

    Ha! Astroturf – that’s a good way to describe it. But think about it, if you had not walked on that astroturf, you wouldn’t know how much you really appreciate the fresh green grass of the emergency room, would ya’?


  • Kim
    Kim

    August 31, 2005 at 10:23 pm

    That’s absolutely true! And I got a lot of good experience out of the experience!


  • Gypsybobocowgirl
    Gypsybobocowgirl

    September 1, 2005 at 8:52 pm

    I’ve been lucky to do a little of both. I spend most of my time as a desk jockey, but then get called for fun things…like today I got to teach the critical care nurse interns how to assist with a TEE and Cardioversion. I ended up teaching one of them the fine art of stealing anesthesia out from under the cath lab. Now that’s a lesson he’ll never forget.


  • Karen
    Karen

    September 10, 2005 at 6:12 pm

    I’m a total night owl. I once said to my husband, “When I finally earn my RN license, I will be all over that night shift!” He looked at me with these puppy-dog eyes and said, “But when will I get to see you?” Sigh.

    It’s so refreshing and inspiring to read about nurses who love their jobs and do them well!

    Btw, I’d love to see a “Cherry Ames, Transgender Nurse”. 🙂 I miss the Bay Area (went to college there).


  • Holly
    Holly

    October 2, 2005 at 4:03 am

    Have you ever thought of compiling your stories into a book? Think the Emergency Nurses Association would sell it in the ENA Marketplace!!! I really enjoy reading your postings and have forwarded your blog address to several ED Nurse Friends. By the way, I am a nurse manager (of 1.5 years after 16 years on the “frontlines” and I loved your nurse manager posting! Thanks and Keep writing.


  • Erica
    Erica

    July 12, 2006 at 5:49 am

    Your “makes Wonder bread look ethnic” passage struck me. Had much the same experience with an agitated drunk middle-aged African-American patient who kept getting out of bed & teetering around giving all of us a hard time. I finally said, with same hand-on-hip and finger-wagging, “I want you ta sit y’ass down and hush up.” He laughed, sat, and said “You sounded black just then.” He cooperated with me for the rest of the shift.


  • Canadian ER Nurse
    Canadian ER Nurse

    July 19, 2006 at 6:46 pm

    Kim, I ama 13 year vet of the ER in a large teaching facility here in Ottawa, Ontario. Funny, I googled “ER RN Burnout” and your blog came up! I love the ER, have left twice to gain experience in the management and teaching realms. I returned about a year ago as, like you I was BORED – missed the Nights, the comraderie. I am very good at what I do and usually get much satisfaction out of working the ER. Recently however,I am feeling like I can’t give anymore, cannot take one more “Is it my turn yet?” or “When will the Doctor be here!”. I am feeling physically unwell and I dread going to work. I am off on “Medical Leave” for a week – they want me off for another. Any ideas that would help me gain my love for ER back??? (and fast) I know ER is short and needs the hand


  • Sheryl
    Sheryl

    December 8, 2006 at 9:06 am

    LOL, beat you to it! I am a Correctional Facility Nurse at a Max facility in my state. Since I’m also way post-op MTF, that would make me a very good prototype for either “Cherry Ames, Transsexual Nurse” or “Cherry Ames, Corerctional Facility Nurse.” Of course, I’d have to learn to smile and pose a lot more. Oh, and we don’t wear those little caps any more, LOL.

    BTW, I do NOT live in California; so, the “impossibility factor” is a lot more doable than you think.


  • John Fider
    John Fider

    January 31, 2013 at 10:21 am

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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