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April 2004, Volume 34 Number 4 , p 78 - 78




© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(4)             April 2004             p 78 Missed connections [MOMENTS]


Bina Simon is a staff nurse at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, Ill.

AFTER 12 YEARS of nursing in the medical/surgical unit, I decided that I needed a new challenge. So I transferred to the ED, hoping to master the skills of an ED nurse.

After a few weeks, however, I felt as if I'd made a mistake. I knew little about the myriad conditions I was expected to identify and assess. And I didn't get a chance to know my patients during their brief stays in the ED. I missed the connections I used to make with patients, the continuity of care in the medical/surgical unit, and the satisfaction I got from feeling that I played a role in their recovery. So after several weeks, I requested to transfer back to my old unit.

My ED manager, ...

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