How'd You Get Your ER Job? - page 4

by 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... Read More


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    I found an ER that was hiring techs while I was in nursing school. I worked hard, was on time, and the nurses liked me. I applied for an RN job when I finished nursing school and was hired.
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    Quote from Hospital_Recruiter
    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.
    Several of my classmates, including myself, got hired in EDs as new grads, so they are out there. Also, whether a new grad is "in the way" depends a lot on the orientation available and the culture of the unit. I only ever felt welcomed and supported when I first started, but my ED has a long track record of hiring and successfully orienting new grads.
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    I started in the busiest ER in the state because they were desperate and I went to a prestigious school. I worked 60+ hours a week, only got 4 months of orientation (2 weeks on my shift the rest on days) and sacrificed a lot of relationships to get good at what I do.

    A year and a half later I applied at the Level 1 trauma center that I had my sights on from the beginning and learned how much I didn't know about being a GOOD not just COMPETENT nurse.

    Funny story though, 2 admission/hospitalist doctors just moved from bad ER to my current good ER and they recognized me right away despite 1.5 years and a whole new hair color and weight loss. They were thrilled to know one of the "good nurses, with a good attitude and IV skills" Not at all how I think of myself, and not how I think i compare to my current (amazing) co-workers but apparently how I came across in a bad situation. Now I get my pages returned super fast! LOL

    Moral of the story...sometimes getting what you think you want comes at a really high price, but paying your dues does often pay off if you have a good attitude and make the best with what you got.

    And there's a reason for everything, the last thing you would want to do is start off in the ED and not be able to hack it, ruining your chance at a good career when a year or two of med-surg is all it would have taken to be an asset to an ED.

    GOOD LUCK!!!
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    Applied initially for ICU at a hospital 40 minutes from my house. Wanted me to have 6 months experience in ER or Med/Surg before they'd pull me up. So ER Director liked me pretty well from previous encounters and dealings during clinical and offered me a spot. The hospital that I was working at during school didnt have a full time ER spot open so I didnt plan on staying there. Well fate would have it that 2 of their nurses called in sick for the entire memorial day weekend; I called the DON said give me a job and I'll walk away from the other place... Boom on the schedule! Lol
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    Got my job as a new grad in the Peds ER after working there as a tech for 2 years while I was in nursing school. My advice would be to get your foot in the door and try to find a job as an ER tech. It also helps you get used to the fast pace of an ER and understand how important it is to be able to prioritize and multi task.
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    I always wanted to do critical care/ICU during nursing school. I did not have a good experience in my ER rotation during nursing school, so I was no interested or impressed with it.

    After 8 months of not landing an ICU job, but on med-surg, I made ALOT of connections with the ER staff in my hospital and they coaxed me into coming downstairs. I've been there for 6 months and can't imagine going back to the floor. I LOVE it! However, I'm very thankful for my med-surg background. I consider myself a quick learner, but med-surg really helped me in terms of medication administration and good assessment skills. I work in a rural community hospital and had only 4 weeks of orientation in the ER, so you expected to know your stuff from the beginning. All that being said, I'm always learning something and my coworkers are a delight to work with and have no problems showing/explaining things to me.
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    question to anyone who will reply.......
    i did med/surg for about 5 months... it about killed me. so i went into the field of infertility for the last 11 years. no hospital just office based.. so my practice in NV is closing its doors at the end of the month and my M.D. has some pull and i mentioned to her that i liked the adrenal rush but i like the down time... what kind of suicide am i doing if i apply as an ER nurse that has not done any acute care for the last 11 years.. i learn quick im 45 yrs of age.. just looking for some advise from anyone that knows.. my job ends at the end of the month and i got to figure out a plan of what i need to do. oh by the way las vegas is the worst state to get a job... i will take suggestions from anyone. PS i really do not want med surg ever again, but that is if what i have to do to suck it up then i guess i will take it. DO NOT WANT MED SURGE but suggestions are more than welcomed as i am so new to job seeking stuff. HELP!!!
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    I went back to ER after being away form bedside nursing for 9 years- and I am 51.

    It was, and still is, hard.

    Keep in mind however, ER is a lot of "med surg", in a way.

    You just generally don't have to put up with any PIA's longer than a few hours for the most part.
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    Quick question to those ER TECH's:

    I've been a EMT for almost 4 years, worked 2. 1 year inter-facility transports the 2nd year as a EMT at a theme park. I've taken phlebotomy and a few other AHA courses for ECG purposes and have been looking for a ER tech job for a while. The few interviews I had were concerned about not having hospital experience. Any advice on getting hired in the ED?

    Also, I start nursing school in feb 2012. I talked to one HR representative who told me not to list that I would be going to nursing school as they would not like my availability. I thought the opposite of HR. Any advice on that?

    Thanks
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    Quote from shawsta
    Quick question to those ER TECH's:

    Also, I start nursing school in feb 2012. I talked to one HR representative who told me not to list that I would be going to nursing school as they would not like my availability. I thought the opposite of HR. Any advice on that? Thanks
    I agree with the HR rep.
    Not that I think you should lie but if they didn't ask if you are going to nursing school, I would keep it private. Why?First, they don't want you to practice your new found nursing skills without an RN after your name. Some RN going to tell you 'yeah its ok to go stick that foley into that pt' Liability. Second, you are only going to be a tech for 2 yrs, training cost money and a lifer is going to save me from the work of hiring someone new in 2 yrs. Lastly, nursing school is hard, lots of work with little time. That means sick calls, time off, no I cant work that day I'm in class, Ive got a test tomorrow or Ive just finished a 12 hr clinical day. Nursing students are a pain in the ass for management and if you are sitting across the table telling me you are a nursing student, I don't see a great employee, I see more work for me. As a general priniciple, when applying for a position, you want to give the impression that this job is the greatest thing since sex on the beach minus the sand in the cracks and once you have it you are not going anywhere. So how to get in. Top three jobs of our techs: ECG, splints and transports. Know those jobs and you will have an easier time getting hired. But also look at the unit secretary jobs. I think they have a better shot a being hired as an RN then a tech. Even those not in the ER


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