But why should I listen to you?
I know that health care is a sensitive topic. You might be another nurse, or someone else in the healthcare profession, or perhaps a soccer mom with incredible internet…I’m not saying I’m better than anyone else. All I’m doing is attempting to fill a knowledge gap I witness every single shift I work in the ER. I’m not claiming to be Nurse Supreme, or anything stupid like that. But I’m confident in my practice, I care enough to make this blog and attempt to answer questions, I’m a smart guy, I love writing, and if you ask something I don’t know the answer to, I’ll do what I do in my daily life: find an expert and get the best answer I can find.
We’re all in this thing together. ER’s all across the country are struggling to help you extend your limited time on this planet. I’m on the frontlines of that fight, and I notice a lot of problems. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left a patient room and thought, “I wish there were a Public Service Announcement about that.” Well, it’s time to stop wishing and start doing.
Let me be straightforward here and say that nothing on this page is intended to replace emergency medical advice. Despite the name, I’m not trying to triage anyone or let you know how to handle medical problems as they come. I’m one dude with a keyboard trying to help everyone understand and navigate the health care system more easily—for the sake of both you and the health care professionals out there.
At this point, in the interest of allowing my responses to be as brutally honest as possible, I intend on keeping my personal info as basic as possible. Hospital systems tend to frown upon certain internet practices of their workers. So, unless you want to make this popular enough to let me not worry about what would happen to my paychecks if I lost my job, I’ll keep things quite basic:
-I’ve been a nurse for eight years
-I have my BSN (if that means something to you)
-I have experience in ER, ICU, PACU, Orthopedics, Med-surg, Neuro, and Hospice
-I fucking care about people. That’s why I’m here.
Anything else you need to know? Please contact me here.
Thank you for visiting. Now please join the others in the waiting room. And remember: if you’re waiting in the ER, THAT’S A GOOD THING.