I found out recently (I’m usually the last to know) that one of our best nurses is off to the carpeted zone, that area of the hospital that consumes good people and delivers paper and protocols to the ones actually doing the work of the hospital.
Like my kids, I love all our nurses equally, though there’re some that seem to get what being an ED nurse entails more than others, and there are the few who can anticipate the next three moves, make them happen, and tell you when it’s done. It’s wonderful when they have your patients, as they’re in good hands and so are you.
This disappointment means a couple of things, good and bad. The good news is that I’m finally in one place long enough to be an ‘old timer’, but it’s actually painful to watch the terrific nurses go.
So, here’s to you, and best of luck in the less-exciting but more stable life outside the Emergency Department.