I've done it. I've finally graduated from orientation in the ER. It's been a long and stressful journey (and is by no means over), but you will no longer see red on my nametag!
I pray every morning that I won't do anything stupid and ESPECIALLY that I won't kill any of my patients, and then I go to work. As things start to get rough throughout the day, I just stop for a second and say to myself, "I can do hard things"...sometimes having to repeat it several times.
So...priority one chest pain with glucose through the roof, a couple broken femurs, combative, WBC of 25,000, possible TB with a GI bleed AND a sore throat?? Bring it on. I can do hard things.