Bedside critical care nurse, first-time adult, nursing blog author, and expert Pinterest-recipe ruiner.
Hi there! I recommend reading a post I did about a year ago when someone else was having the same delimma. Unfortunately, it’s kind of common now. Let me know if this answers your question!
I am the other side of things - I don’t know what British nursing is like! I have talked to someone that worked in Scotland and she said that the biggest difference she’s noticed is that we administered a lot more pain medications and narcotics here. We frequently give IV pain medication, multiple times every shift, and she said she rarely did it there. I don’t know what it’s like there, otherwise I’d tell you more differences! Sorry!
I was allowed to do that but didn’t get a ton of experience. I kind of felt like I started all over once I got into the real world because they had different IV’s and whatnot. Also, they had a different policy/procedure. It had been months since I’d done any procedural stuff once I started anyway, so you will have to re-learn it in a sense. So don’t freak out about it, try to be familiar with it and take opportunities when and if you get them. I know people that graduating without ever starting an IV or placing a foley and they’ve done just fine :-) You’ll be great!
Words I never thought I would have to say to a resident. (via md-admissions)
The only experience I have in an ED was in a really, really small ED. So small that even when they were full, they’d have less patients than I did at one time working nights at my first job. I don’t have any time management tips for that speciality. Sorry! Are there any phenomenal ED nurses out there with good time management skills!?