One down, two to go.
While I still have an ICU and an OB rotation left, I’m done with my emergency medicine shifts, at least as far as my intern year is concerned. A couple of brief observations, about 1500 hours into this whole shebang:
- I still love this job
- Being an intern was not as bad as everyone made it seem like it would be
- Being deemed “good” at this is as much about how you relate to the attendings as to what you are doing for your patients.
- For as often as they talked about appendicitis in medical school, I never once saw a case of it
- Certain patients are just impossible as human beings. It’s these people that suck the joy out of the job.
- There are plenty of other kind, caring, joyful patients that balance them out.
- Patient continuity exists in the ED
- Traumas are good for two things only; taking up the last 30 minutes of shift and getting another service to take the drunk combative patient off your hands
- A bag of saline and some Tylenol can make most people feel better.
- If you do a favor for a nurse, it will be paid back in spades.
- The best two ways to earn your way into the good graces of nursing 1) Be in the room when the patient is sick 2) Get the food tray for the patient yourself.