It is one of the great joys and privileges of my job to be given the opportunity to teach nurses new to the emergency department. To feel as though you had some small influence on helping to provide them with a strong foundation upon which to build their practice is priceless.
As if this wasn’t enough, there is an added bonus for the teacher – the act of passing knowledge on forces one to remain close to the ideals that might be lost over the years in the trenches of actually providing health care. It mandates a certain re-examination of ones approach and a review of current best evidence based practice with regards to any given procedure.
But most of all it’s just fun. Hard – yes, sobering – definitely, but at the end of the day, if you did it right, it’s just gratifying as hell.