I'm not an ER nurse (yet) but I've been reading these posts and learning a lot about ER life for a while now. I've been a nurse for about 2 years now and have recently moved and am looking for a new job. I have an interview coming up for an emergency room which is a level 1 trauma center and is a HUGE center (48,000 square feet big!). Anyways, I guess I'm just posting for encouragement b/c I'm really nervous! and kinda scared too
to work in ER.
When I first was in nursing school, I wanted to only do ER, but I got away from that and decided to do a year of telemetry/step-down before I did anything, but then I moved to ICU instead for a bit (was actually bored in ICU b/c it was for a small community hospital and on night-turn, a lot of times, we didn't do a lot) and have had trouble finding a field of nursing I enjoy since then. Well, now I'm gonna try what I wanted to do in the first place to see if it is a good fit for me.
From reading posts, I guess 4-6 weeks is a good length for orientation and no more than 1 nurse to 4 patients ratio, so I'll see how this hospital does things. Anyways, wish me luck and if anyone can think of anything extra I should know or any words of advice, lemme know! Thanks! :spin: