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Multitasking

One of my good qualities is the ability to focus, particularly in a chaotic environment. You might think this would be a valuable skill in an ER – and sometimes it is. However

If you are in charge of running the ER, this is not really the skill you need. What you really need is to be able to juggle multiple threads at once. The information can fly fast and furious, and it’s information about people’s lives. Your ability to interpret and act on this data quickly can mean the difference between life and death. Missing or not understanding this information can result in injuries that will affect the rest of these patients lives.

It’s a grave responsibility & privilege to be entrusted with this role. In the ER we have no control over how many patients show up from minute to minute, and this can result in a sudden influx of multiple acutely ill or injured people all at once. Assuming responsibility for assigning who gets seen by who and when for eight hours can leave you feeling like your brain has turned to cotton candy.

Not for the faint of heart…