What other jobs allow you to stay up all night long, party with crazy people, and get paid for it?
That’s what I like to say every New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve is my favorite shift, and it’s because of the people.
They are what keep me going in this career: the people, the crazy people, and I don’t mean just the patients.
Docs, nurses and techs all have to be a little bit loony to enjoy this job as well. It is the best job in the world! I come to work not knowing exactly what I will be doing, and even while working we never know what’s going to happen next.
Time-bombs are lurking in the humdrum of the daily routine. Our job is to identify them and defuse them. This keeps us on our toes, and this keeps me intrigued. When I can solve a medical puzzle, I am intellectually rewarded. When I can help someone I am gratified. When I can make a child smile I am happy. I can’t figure everything out or everybody out but I can sure have fun trying! This is why I continue my career of emergency medicine.
Why did I make it my career in the first place?
It looked exciting, isn’t that why we all chose it?