Emergency medicine is a tremendously challenging medical specialty. Fortunately,
this field is profoundly rewarding. It gives health care professionals the unique
opportunity to help individuals at their time of greatest need. Sometimes, simply
offering reassurance, kindness or compassion is all that we can do; the importance
of which should never be underestimated.
In emergency medicine, health care professionals assist individuals whose pain,
anxiety and stress levels are high. Often, our quick decisions and actions are lifesaving.
Emergency medicine personnel continuously use their extraordinary skills,
knowledge and experience to make things happen and get the job done, in an
attempt to positively impact patients and their families, significant others, friends
and persons important to them.
In reality, physicians, nurses, mid-level providers, paramedics, residents and medical
students generally have time to look up information from various sources. Yet
emergency personnel have the responsibility to provide services not available to
individuals at that moment anywhere other than an emergency department. Therefore,
our purpose is even more vital.