I'm a new grad and just accepted a position in the emergency room. I honestly don't know if I'm getting into water that's way over my head or not? I'm concerned about things like not having enough time for charting or not charting well, feeling panic and confusion during a code, being attacked by a patient on drugs or an upset family member, etc.
Can anyone share some of their experiences and overall impression of being an ER nurse? Some people have told me that this job is really dangerous. Comments?
Jun 23, '12
by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
What made you apply to the ED? Have you done any research about being an ED Nurse? What have you heard?
check this out...http://allnurses.com/emergency-nursi...ed-744078.html
Last edit by Esme12 on Jun 24, '12
Thank for all your comments. For those who may have forgotten, nursing school has very little concern for teaching skills. They spend far more time teaching about far less important stuff like roys adaptation model. Those kind of things have their place, but IMO the choice for nursing schools to all but completely abandon nursing skills has been a serious mistake. These days, nursing skills are glossed over at best, and the only real practice you'll get is on a rubber doll. I'm a former medic in the military, so I'm well practiced at drawing blood, IVs, etc. Most of my former school mates have never drawn blood or started a real IV.
Also, in some of the other post a lot of people say that they think new grads shouldn't be in the E.R. I'm not sure why some people think that way. It seems a bit unreasonable. It might be challenging for a new grad to start in the ER, but there's nothing wrong with taking on a challenge. It would be different if I were going to be in a small ER all alone and no one to turn to when I didn't know the answer, but there are plenty of experienced people around, and everyone knows at least the basics of life saving measures or else they never could have graduated nursing school.
I think the only positions that new grads should never take, are those where they don't have someone there to mentor them, or at least no one who show's them how to be a safe and effective nurse. Yet, I hear all the time about new RNs taking jobs in nursing homes where they are the only RN on duty etc...
Given the choice, would you rather be cared for by the new grad surrounded by other health professionals who are guiding and teaching that person, or the new grad who is out there all alone figuring things out as they go along?
Last edit by docomo on Jun 25, '12