I am in a BSN nursing program now and I am really interested in working in the E.R. On Thursday I shadowed an instructor of mine who works at the E.R. at NYU. I LOVE the energy and I know I have the attributes and qualities it takes to work there.
So my question is... A lot of nurses say you need to get experience on a med-surg floor. Do you think this would help for in the future to work in the E.R.? I want to be confident in being an E.R. nurse, so I know it might not be the best decision to try work there straight out of nursing school. A nurse in the E.R. had told me she had the opportunity to get a job right out of nursing school in the ICU so she worked there for 5 years. Do you need experience in the ICU to be an E.R. nurse or vice versa? What steps should I take to get there sooner and prepare myself? (a nurse recommended taking the ACLS and PALS before i try to get a job to better my chances). I'm def interested in being in a setting where it is fast-paced and I will always be learning. Also, is it that hard to get a job in an E.R. everywhere else as it is here in NYC?
Classes or cert: ACLS and Pals minimum (have these before you apply)..TNCC great way to assess your trauma pt (not require but shows you are interested).
Jobs: ER tech (in my area, hard to get) or Unit secretary in ED (easier to get a job but a much more complicated job). EMT on a rig, not the best job for getting into the ED, the ED manager will never see you.
Goal: get to know the people who will hire you and make a good impression. (head on shoulder, reliable)
Confidence.... the only way to be confident in the ED is to see things a million times and then you are probably going to make a mistake. Not being confident is better. When you are not confident you will ask a lot of question of other nurses and the doctors, triple check that drug you are about to give to that infant (scary) and make sure that pt is on the monitor. Competent is a better goal.
Last edit by Robublind on Apr 18, '12
: Reason: add on to blood already drawn