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?


LivingDeadNurse said...

lol....i like the slap her across the face one..lol

Candice said...

C,D,G and then A.

In that order.

The T-Dude said...

Nothing clears the mind like a right cross!

Ami said...

falling old people! lmao! xD I love your blog!

Nurse and Hospital Stories said...

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

haha. Can I bring a good book and read while waiting? Rural ER is not a cool place, eh.

Peny@medical scrubs

Julie said...

I actually love the challenge of working in a rural ER. It keeps you on your toes and challenges your critical thinking skills when you don't have any resources to rely on.

Tara Harkins @ scrubs said...

Hilarious! I'm not really sure what I'd answer either. Perhaps there should be an all of the above option?

Julie said...

All of the Above works for me. LOL

Lena said...

C D E and G