So I've always been a lurker on this specialty area of allnurses, and have posted a couple of times and everyone has always been so helpful!
I just wanted to share that I was recently offered a spot in the New Grad program at the ER of my dreams!!! I have wanted to work in this department since I was doing my pre-reqs for nursing school
. I did my senior practicum/capstone there and fell completely and utterly head over heels in love with the place, and knew I had focused on the right place years ago when I first dreamed of working there during my pre reqs.
The program starts in about 3 weeks and I am beside myself with joy and am so thankful that I'm being given this chance! The unit is such a family, and the educators are so supportive and I'm over the moon right now
I'm wondering if anyone can give me some insight on how to best prepare for the program. I've done some research (allnurses is such an amazing resource) and have come across some articles such as the top medications for ER nurses to know, etc. I have the list of meds I want to start looking over, I also ordered a used ATLS book. I don't expect to be exposed to trauma for awhile (being a new grad, of course, and I know I'm going to have to earn it) so I also got a handbook of common non life threatening/non trauma problems seen in ER and their treatment. I am ACLS, PALS, and BART certified and currently have some CEN study guides from my stepmom that she's letting me borrow. Although I don't plan on taking the test for awhile, I figured it would be a good place to start. I also ordered a TNCC book from amazon
for about $10 because they in house certify all the new grads and I wanted to start studying early. Its an older edition, but I figured most of the basics would be similar.
The nurse educators mentioned that they want a "blank slate" from me and to just spend this last bit of time cleaning out everything, seeing family, and relaxing because once the program starts I have to hit the ground running.
The thing with me, though, is that it typically takes me a little longer than my peers to get into the "swing" of things. Many of my clinical instructors and preceptors have described me as an "upward line" meaning I might struggle a bit in the beginning, but as I gain steam and push through and get adjusted to policy/procedure/the basics I'm totally fine and thrive. But the beginning of things can be a little messy and that worries me.
After the first round of interviews, the educators called me and let me know that I didn't need to come in to the second round of interviews that they're having. I was so surprised and so thankful since that was going to be a ton of stress. I also feel like this is a huge gesture of confidence from them since the second interview is with the Director (or so I've heard). I just want to make sure to "do right" by them, and work hard and do anything and everything that I can to come in strong and directly address my tendency to "struggle at the start." I want to make them proud and come in clearly having put in effort. I get that I'm a new grad so I don't know my head from my butt yet (and they and everyone else knows that), but I would at the very least like to make a clear effort to come in strong. Especially since they said I didn't have to come in for the standard second interview. That's a huge deal for me, and so I want to take it really seriously!
Do you guys think I should just take their advice and force myself to relax, or should I hit the books and start prepping? What did you guys do the weeks before your first nursing job started?
I'm sorry for the really long post
, I'm just SO EXCITED its really hard to chill out lol. I am definitely a bundle of nerves and excitement right now.
And of course, while I totally appreciate any advice, I mainly posted this just because I'm so excited and I had to make it "official" and share it with the community on here
I hope everyone is having a beautiful day.