Sometimes (not always – I’m not a masochist), I like seeing how fast and efficiently I can work in impossibly accelerated situations in the ER. Mind you, you’re always working quickly and efficiently – but I’m talking about handling crushing amounts of patients in a short period of time.
The situations where you’re juggling so many tasks at once, while examining and assessing multiple patients at the same time, tests your ability to churn through medical care and still remain safe. This shit isn’t for the faint of heart, and it’s definitely not for neophytes.
Although these scenarios often happen in the lower acuity areas – the ones whose sole purpose is to treat as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time, in order to keep things flowing – it’s still plenty dangerous. You’re dealing with people’s lives here – mistakes can have extremely negative repercussions, and people can get hurt very quickly.
Still, it’s nice to know you can do it. When things start to get brutal, don’t complain and fold – rise to the demand and show you’re in your element.
Yeah, it was that kind of day.