After getting my LPN license, I start to drool at some of the things the RNs can do, and after having some practice, really can't wait.
I had a great ED experience with plenty of skills practice, but I got to do a mock code the other day and it was awesome. I really want to get ACLS certification (Advanced Cardiac Life Support). It would be really cool to "run" a code, which is essentially the person who watches the monitor and gives orders.
Cool thing is, in a situation like this, it's usually a nurse that runs the show and not the doc. Codes don't wait for doctors to be on the unit, and it's up to the RNs to respond. I love the idea of running a code; reading the EKG monitor, interpreting the rhythms, and ordering particular drugs to combat particular rhythms, or ordering a shock.
I never realized so much went into a code. For example, you always see people on TV getting hit with the defibrillator paddles after they are flatlined on the monitor... this is totally wrong, as you can't shock no rhythm. You'd probably give epinephrine and see if you could induce ventricular fibrillation, or v-fib, or ventricular tachycardia, also known as v-tach. These are shockable rhythms.
We ran a mock code at school. It was ugly; really ugly. Glad it was ugly on the dummy and not on a real patient.