I really have to get a life.
This is what I have become.
An Adorable Rodent in the TTLB Ecosystem.
For months I was a Maurading Marsupial. I loved my little pouch. In fact, sometimes they would make a mistake and for a brief moment I’d be a Large Mammal.
Life was good.
Now I’m eatin’ nuts and livin’ in the trees.
This depresses me.
I really have to get a life.
Many emergency departments have ER technicians that work along with the nurses in providing patient care. My ER is one such department. We are fortunate enough to have an ER technician from 1800-0630, and believe me, we run their posteriors off.
So what makes a good ER tech? What are the qualities that make having an ER tech nearly as good (or even better) as having another nurse on duty?
- The Patience of a Saint
- A tech is at the beck and call of not only every nurse on the unit, but also the unit secretary and the doctor.
- This includes those staff members who believe the tech is their personal assistant, if you get my drift.
- The Ability to Prioritize
- They are expected to: stock, transport patients, run specimens to the lab
- irrigate wounds, clean abrasions, do CPR until their muscles ache, move patients (both large and small)
- respond to psych emergencies (ie “take-down” situations)
- dip urines, occasionally draw bloods, do EKGs, run to Central Supply
- take bodies to the morgue
- make beds/straighten rooms after discharge
- and do all this when asked by the staff, sometimes 4-5 things at a time
- The Ability to BE There
- I don’t mean calling in sick, we’re all expected to be at work
- I mean the ability to be active, in the department when needed, not do a chore and run to the break room.
- The Ability to Splint
- Orthopedic experience is a distinct advantage
- Especially to MY patients because although I can splint you in the proper position, it won’t be pretty.
- Let’s put it this way: do you want your splint designed by Fred Flintstone or Michaelangelo? I work with a tech who can splint so well Michaelangelo would be wanting to take lessons from him!
- Male or female – it doesn’t matter to me
- The more they can lift/pull/drag the better because that means the more we can lift/pull/drag together!
- Dedication to the Job
- One problem with keeping a good tech is that they see the job as a “way-station”
- Before getting into paramedic school or becoming a fire fighter
- which means losing them, sometimes not long after they have started.
- It’s rare to find someone who wants to actually be an ER tech as their actual, regular and dedicated job.
- If you have one, you better treat ’em like gold or someplace else will snatch ’em.
- They are hard to find.
And if you doubt the worth of having an ER tech, just try working one shift without one.
It was hell.
So here’s props to all the ER techs of the world. You may think you are underpaid.
But never, never think you are not appreciated.