How To Triage In The ER

How To Triage In The ER

The Emergency Severity Index (ESI) Triage Algorithm is an important tool utilized by nurses when assigning an acuity to the adult patient.  The acuity based off of stability of patient, vital signs, potential for threat to life, limb, or organ, and estimated resources needed in treating the patient.  Additionally a nurses own experiences, competence, and ability [...]

Five Facts About Working In The ER

Five Facts About Working In The ER

Why Emergency nursing? For the excitement and immediate gratification that comes with being a nurse in the Emergency Department.  When you can fix an emergent problem and make the patient stable or feel better, is what it's all about. What are three words to describe emergency nurses? Resilient, quick thinking, and badass. What is the most exciting part [...]

What I Keep In My Pockets

What I Keep In My Pockets

There are several items that are essential for every Emergency Department nurse to carry on them at all times.  I like to think of these as my secret weapons to getting through any shift successfully. Badge:  My badge is probably the most used and important thing that I carry.  It is used for most door [...]

Frost Bite

Frost Bite

With record lows predicted for this New Year's Eve there is a greater risk for frostbite and hypothermia.  Frostbite often starts out with numbness, tingling, or a burning sensation in the exposed extremities or skin.  The areas at most risk are ears, cheeks, the nose, the chin, fingers, and toes. As the frostbite progresses skin [...]

Finger Traps in the ER

Finger Traps in the ER

These stainless steel finger traps have more uses than providing finger torture to our patients in the Emergency Department!  These finger traps are used to provide traction; traction is  moving a fractured, displaced, or dislocated body part to provide stability and reduce pain.  The fingers are each individually placed in the wire trap and suspended. [...]

How I Became A Nurse

How I Became A Nurse

Nursing wasn't always my dream.  Shocking I know, but to share how I became a nurse we should start at the beginning when I first knew I wanted to get involved with healthcare and helping others.  I have always been interested in medicine and human anatomy because much of it is like puzzle.  You have [...]