ER RN turnover

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    Do ERs have high turnovers with there nurses?

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    This is a very generalized question. Without knowing any real statistics, I would venture to guess it varies by ER. In my own department, at least, we have a wide range of experience, from nurses who leave after less than a year, to the nurses that have been in the same emergency department for twenty years or longer. Not sure how to answer such a broad question.
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    I just meant in general does the ER tend to see a higher turnover than other departments. I guess my main reason for asking is that I was just offered a position in the ER on nights. I can't change shifts until my orientation is over (3 months)but I want days as soon as possible.....
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    Quote from erin527
    I just meant in general does the ER tend to see a higher turnover than other departments. I guess my main reason for asking is that I was just offered a position in the ER on nights. I can't change shifts until my orientation is over (3 months)but I want days as soon as possible.....
    It's still going to depend on your hospital. My first hospital where I was ICU I was able to get on day shift in 9 months (which is fairly quick). My next hospital...it was typical to have a 5 year wait to get on day shift. If it's a department where the people are happy (which usually means you'll be happier too), it will be a long wait for you unless a lot of beds are added or something else major happens. If everyone's miserable, you may be able to get on day shift shortly after probation is over.
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    According to this study: http://www.nsinursingsolutions.com/F...Report2012.pdf
    L & D is the only hospital based unit that has a higher turnover rate than the ER....interesting. It's on page 8.
    Last edit by NickiLaughs on Oct 18, '12 : Reason: typo
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    It varies hospital to hospital nurses tend to stay on the preferred shifts with the largest turnover on the off, less desirable shafts. If it is that big of a deal for you and you don't need the job ......I would as what the average seniority on days....if they say 6 months you're good....they say 5 years......at the end of 3 months you wil not be able to automatically walk into days.
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    We've had a pretty high turnover rate in our ED. But, I think management is largely to blame because in the past 5 years we've had 8 different managers... Makes it tough on the entire department because there's no sense of any direction or improvement and the only thing the managers do is kiss corporates rear to keep them happy till they're replaced or decide they don't want to be there anymore then we get another temp. It's funny because a permanent managers job has been posted since May and administration still hasn't found anyone meeting their "standards" and won't hire anyone local for the job. Funny that L&D has a high turnover rate because the nurses at my hospital in that department have all been there for years and years and aren't going anywhere.
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    It's a revolving door at our ED...


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