How'd You Get Your ER Job? - page 3

by commonsense | 13,784 Views | 41 Comments

I'm hoping to find an Emergency Room job when I graduate next year and was wondering how everyone found their job. My plan is to look for openings that do not require experience, just prefer it, then show up on the unit in... Read More


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    i commuted 2.5hrs one way and slept in my car (literally) for my first ER job. you have to want it!
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    I was working M/S, and they needed someone to float to the ER...I went, and loved it. Then there was an opening, I applied, and got the job.
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    Quote from commonsense
    I'm hoping to find an Emergency Room job when I graduate next year and was wondering how everyone found their job. My plan is to look for openings that do not require experience, just prefer it, then show up on the unit in professional clothing with my resume and hand it to the ER Director in person. I figure a face-to-face introduction shows much more initiative than submitting an online application. How did everyone else land their emergency job?
    I was an internal applicant/transfer from another facility in the system.

    Know the culture/system where you hope to be considered before you just show up.

    Where I recently came from not only are those nice ladies at the desk NOT going to buzz you back to the patient care area so you could track down the director they are not going to page the director to come out front to for a meet & greet. They also have a strict policy of not hiring people who try to bypass the application process. If you did manage to track down the director and give him your resume he'd be required (by policy) to forward it to HR so that your application could be rejected.

    That same (6 hospital) system only sponsors around 25 new grad positions a year, all in general med-surg.
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    After more than three (long) years doing med-surg (mostly ortho and neuro), I have an interview this Monday morning..wish me luck.. I'm so excited it's all I can think about
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    Quote from commonsense
    I went searching for a job as an ER tech last summer and it was a no-go. I'm currently working as well and will be until I graduate, it's a good job that pays well with minimal hours and works with my school schedule, unfortunately it's not healthcare related.
    Just my 0.02 worth here, but I think you are making a huge mistake by working in a non healthcare setting. It sounds like you have decided to stay where you are until you find a nursing job. With the current environment you must be as competitive as possible and there will be many others who want the same job, but have healthcare or ED experience.

    I work in a very busy, almost 1000 bed hospital. We see about 400 patients per day thru the ED, and all of the new grads that have been hired over the last few years have been ED techs in our department while in school. Even some of our own techs who became RN's were not hired.

    Just keep that in mind and even if you have to sacrifice the flexibility and familiarity of your current job, you could be sabotaging your chances later. Good luck to you.
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    My recommendation is NOT TO WALK IN and hand your resume to the director. As per our hospital, all new hires go through me before being interviewed as well as the fact that I don't know many emergency rooms that will hire new grads. The pace is too quick and a new grad is (sorry) only going to be in the way. However, I would recommend trying to get on as a tech in the ER while still in school. Any experience is better than no experience at all when looking at emergency rooms. Hope this helps.
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    I don't know many emergency rooms that will hire new grads. The pace is too quick and a new grad is (sorry) only going to be in the way.
    I have to say that is an over-generalization .... some of us were able to hit the ground running, and I know quite a few people who have started in EDs, from freestanding EDs to trauma centers. I was in an ED fellowship with a bunch of green new grads just a few years ago.
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    I nailed my interview. I applied for a position that required 6 months acute care experience. I had 4.5 months. I received a call and told them I only had 4.5 months experience in Peds but they said they still wanted to interview me. I interviewed with 2 of the ED managers and hit it off, they said I have a personality perfect for the ED and I knew before I left I had the job. They all but made it official. I received the official call from HR a few days later. That's how I nailed my first job as a New Grad as well. I hit it off in the interview.
    Last edit by ~Mi Vida Loca~RN on Nov 10, '11
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    Congrats Mi Vida!
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    I applied to emergency jobs that were catered to new grads for example internships and residencies!!


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