New Grad interested in Trauma - page 3

I'm a new nurse grad (as of May, 13, 2012)... currently studying to take my board exam. On my breaks, I view blogs... trying to find out if its realistic to apply for Trauma: entry-level. I... Read More

  1. Visit  rn_abbey profile page
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    I believe that you need more experience before working in trauma. Your EMT experience would help, but hospitals will probably start you off in the ICU.
  2. Visit  BlueSunRise profile page
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    Great news to share with regard to Page 1 and my request for info on Trauma. I just landed a Trauma RN job, full time, nights... with a Trauma Level I hospital on the east coast. I have no previous experience working as an RN... only EMT. I'm excited about the opportunity. Thank you for Page 1 folks who gave productive feedback. I'll be sure to share feedback as I learn more about my dream specialty.

    What I learned (about the job application process):
    1. Everyone talks about Trauma being too hard and needing more experience before joining... its a slam in your face. A big door swinging your way and I don't like it. I say open the door... A lot of my friends encouraged me to apply for residency programs... I didn't want to. Why? Because most if not all, require you to rotate on different floors. If you already know what you wanna do... why rotate a different floor every week for 3 months. Makes sense to others, with perhaps less direction. To me its better to get molded in the area of interest right off the bat. So residency programs - as great as they sound - aren't necessarily the only option... you might be luckier applying directly to a position of interest (and be surprised when they call you in for an interview).
    2. I was willing to relocate... anywhere... AND when one manager said no... I didn't let it bug me. I kept applying... overall I applied to 600 jobs in 2 months... and earned a position in Trauma... right where I wanted to be... so persistance helps. Its not about how little or how much experience you have... every hospital has training programs... if its not a residency, they have a 3 month transition program in your specialty... This hospital is offering me 3 months of intensive training...

    I'll revisit my thread to share more about my experience in the future... thanks again for everyone whose input helped me feel encouraged.

    =)

    PS - Mexico... war zone... whatever the situation... if you can learn and make an impact on people's lives... you should be there. This is what nursing is all about and will always be about.
    Last edit by BlueSunRise on Dec 27, '12
  3. Visit  TraumaBSN profile page
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    I had a similar experience and was promptly told that my calls were "too much" that was their "reason" for not hiring me. I was always under the impression that proactivity was a sign of diligence and determination, both qualities that I thought were admirable. Just be careful and feel out the HR or administrative staff.
  4. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Quote from BlueSunRise
    Great news to share with regard to Page 1 and my request for info on Trauma. I just landed a Trauma RN job, full time, nights... with a Trauma Level I hospital on the east coast. I have no previous experience working as an RN... only EMT. I'm excited about the opportunity. Thank you for Page 1 folks who gave productive feedback. I'll be sure to share feedback as I learn more about my dream specialty.

    What I learned (about the job application process):
    1. Everyone talks about Trauma being too hard and needing more experience before joining... its a slam in your face. A big door swinging your way and I don't like it. I say open the door... A lot of my friends encouraged me to apply for residency programs... I didn't want to. Why? Because most if not all, require you to rotate on different floors. If you already know what you wanna do... why rotate a different floor every week for 3 months. Makes sense to others, with perhaps less direction. To me its better to get molded in the area of interest right off the bat. So residency programs - as great as they sound - aren't necessarily the only option... you might be luckier applying directly to a position of interest (and be surprised when they call you in for an interview).
    2. I was willing to relocate... anywhere... AND when one manager said no... I didn't let it bug me. I kept applying... overall I applied to 600 jobs in 2 months... and earned a position in Trauma... right where I wanted to be... so persistance helps. Its not about how little or how much experience you have... every hospital has training programs... if its not a residency, they have a 3 month transition program in your specialty... This hospital is offering me 3 months of intensive training...

    I'll revisit my thread to share more about my experience in the future... thanks again for everyone whose input helped me feel encouraged.

    =)

    PS - Mexico... war zone... whatever the situation... if you can learn and make an impact on people's lives... you should be there. This is what nursing is all about and will always be about.
    CONGRATS!!! I concur. Take a chance a apply to a specialized position...be open to all roads as well. I did a phone screen and after the process will be starting as a new grad in a PICU. The RECRUITER at the hospital SUGGESTED the position! I will be learning ECMO, Dialysis...have everything from trauma, transplant, hospice, oncology, etc...They have an intensive program as well. This particular hospital actually abandoned nurse residency rotations because of the hit and miss feedbacks from new grads, now intensive programs and clinical ladder programs, which have been giving them better results.
    Keep pushing, I wish you great success BlueSun!!!
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  5. Visit  Minicyni profile page
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    BlueSunRise: what state did u get a job at? Like how far from home? And do u have an ADN or BSN?
  6. Visit  ajb50402 profile page
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    Go to a small level 4 trauma center in a rural area. Heck I am finishing up my senior preceptorshp and I had a pediatric code role through the door. Get your experience or go through the military.
  7. Visit  LoriBSN2b profile page
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    I am interested in trauma as well, although I don't even start my ADN til August. I have done some research and I think you need your BSN for trauma then the trauma certification on top of that. Lots of people are saying I will have to do my time in Medsurg which is fine with me, but don't think for a second I won't be working toward that ultimate goal of Trauma!
  8. Visit  Trauma16RN profile page
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    I have to leave a comment on this. I just graduated May 10 with an ADN. I have a BS, but not in nursing. In April, I applied for a nurse residency position at the only level 1 trauma center in my state. I just got called today and offered the position. It was the very scariest interview I've ever been on, but it totally paid off. I could not be more excited.

    SO, do not be discouraged by those who say there is no way you can get in a trauma ER without experience or with "just" an ADN. It can happen!
    ICUman and LoriBSN2b like this.
  9. Visit  CP2013 profile page
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    Quote from Trauma16RN
    I have to leave a comment on this. I just graduated May 10 with an ADN. I have a BS, but not in nursing. In April, I applied for a nurse residency position at the only level 1 trauma center in my state. I just got called today and offered the position. It was the very scariest interview I've ever been on, but it totally paid off. I could not be more excited.

    SO, do not be discouraged by those who say there is no way you can get in a trauma ER without experience or with "just" an ADN. It can happen!
    That's great! I will have my BSN, but is there any feedback you received about what made you such an attractive candidate for them? I would love to hear if there is something that made them really interested in pursuing a new grad. Veer having the toughest time breaking in to a level 1 in Florida.

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  10. Visit  floridaRN38 profile page
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    They so hire new grads in south Florida for level one trauma centers
  11. Visit  Technicolourhobo profile page
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    Quote from JB2007
    Sorry to be a downer here, but personally I would start out on a good med-surg unit first. Being a new grad is very stressful and you have ALOT to learn. I have been a nurse for 5 years now and I only recently took a position on a surgical trauma ICU and I will tell you there are times when I fell like a new grad because there is so much to learn. And I have the basics down and am familar with the medications. I really do not understand what is so wrong with working your way into your dream job. You will be so much more comfortable starting out. I am like you I love the faster pace and way a pt can change in a min. Just some words of advice. Good Luck with everything.
    Hyperbole and a Half: The Alot is Better Than You at Everything

    There's no reason to start out somewhere that you don't want to end up.
    puppyrunner, mbrookeCCRN, and ICUman like this.
  12. Visit  pola7teen profile page
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    Quote from marcos9999
    There is a hospital in Rio de Janeiro Brazil called Miguel Couto HOSPITAL MUNICIPAL MIGUEL COUTO em foco . They have a huge trauma center there. The city or Rio de Janeiro is so filled with trauma, patients die waiting for treatment and are kept in a room awaiting for staff and facility. I heard that the Israeli army sent their medical personal to train there because it's the closest thing to an war. I think they take anybody who can help. Good luck

    are you from Rio de janiero? We may need help in the upcoming International Continence Society this October 2014. your friends might be interested to attend.


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