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I’m a Small Cog On a Big Wheel


I’ve read a number of articles lately, written by grateful doctors about nurses who work in the Emergency Department. While I was reading I pictured the busy ER where I work, and I imagined my friends’ faces as they work hard, caring for patients and saving lives. Their collective knowledge and years of experience are vast and impressive, and I admire and respect each of them.

After I finished reading these pieces, however, I started to wonder about something. The nurses are, quite rightly, heroes of any emergency department. They deserve all the kudos they receive. But what about the unsung folks toiling behind the scenes? What about the Unit Secretaries who keep it all happening?

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Do We Have to Tie EVERYTHING Down?

I work in a busy Emergency Department. A very, very busy ER. In addition to drugs and dressings, something we use a lot of is ice.

We give ice water to patients, of course, and we also use it to keep certain specimens cool while they go to the lab. It’s used for lumps, bumps, and bruises, and sometimes for cooling protocols. Busy staff often grab big foam cups of ice water just to keep going. In short, the machine that sits on the counter in our pantry gets a workout 24/7. After twenty years of continuous use, our original ice maker started to show its age and had to be repaired more often than it worked. Several months back, it was finally replaced by a shiny, new, dependable model. Continue reading “Do We Have to Tie EVERYTHING Down?”