Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Rural ER

It's a totally different world out here in the the boondocks. Lab and Xray have to drive in from home, the doc is probably at the playoff basketball game, and you just had someone pull up to the ER with an unconscious cowboy in the back of their pickup who got thrown off his horse.

Oh - and the next closest hospital is 2 hours away. In fact, the next town is 2 hours away. Across the barren land of desolation.

Now it's just you and Lucy for the next 20 minutes. JUST you and Lucy. 2 nurses alone in the world (can you hear the violins playing?). No admitting clerk to register them, no scribe to write what happens. EMS is out on a call 40 minutes from town. Your CNA is elbow deep in diarrhea and falling old people.

What do you do?

a. quit
b. pop some vicodin and go to sleep
c. throw out a few good fuck, shits, and damn its
d. grab Lucy, slap her across the face, and tell her "This is it! It's now or never!"
e. wonder why you ever applied to work at this damn facility anyway
f. curl up in the fetal position and cry like a baby
g. get to work

Ummm....... do I have to answer?