New grad ER links.... - page 2

Hey folks, There are a ton of various threads here for the new grad in the ER. I'm going to try to put them all in one link and make see if this can become a sticky. Let's see where my talents... Read More

  1. Visit  MAL, RN profile page
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    Quote from herowneulogy
    Just like the above poster, I, too, will be starting out in the ER (Level 1 Trauma ED) as a new grad. My orientation begins next week and I am SO EXCITED. Trying to read, read, and read each day to prepare myself. Thanks for the helpful links/resources!
    Congrats on getting ER! They say they dont hire new grads there, but they do--I've met lots of ER nurses who started as new grads.

    3 weeks into my ER orientation, and Im still studying like crazy on the weekends. Although, my biggest challenge is time management. 5 pt rooms makes for a very busy 12 hrs!
    Last edit by sirI on Sep 20, '12
  2. Visit  herowneulogy profile page
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    Quote from MAL, RN
    Congrats on getting ER! They say they dont hire new grads there, but they do--I've met lots of ER nurses who started as new grads.

    3 weeks into my ER orientation, and Im still studying like crazy on the weekends. Although, my biggest challenge is time management. 5 pt rooms makes for a very busy 12 hrs!

    !


    How long is your orientation? And did they start you off with 12's right away or did you have to do the 8's first?

    I will have 8-12 pts on average and on some days it can go up to 15 (!!!). This is what I was told during my interview, and being that my hospital is a Level 1 in NYC, I believe it.





    Good luck!
    Last edit by sirI on Sep 20, '12
  3. Visit  MAL, RN profile page
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    Quote from herowneulogy
    How long is your orientation? And did they start you off with 12's right away or did you have to do the 8's first?

    I will have 8-12 pts on average and on some days it can go up to 15 (!!!). This is what I was told during my interview, and being that my hospital is a Level 1 in NYC, I believe it.





    Good luck!
    My orientation is 11 wks...sometimes I work 5-8's, sometimes 3- 12's...

    Im sure that, by 8-15 pts, they mean over the course of the day (unless your fast-track). Otherwise, that's more than the floor nurses and unsafe for the ED. I have 5 pt rooms, and at least 2 pts come thru the rooms in a shift so a minimum of 10 ..I did a 200 hr preceptorship in level 1-trauma before and if your assigned to the trauma bay you usually have less rooms (but not always). Thats usually an extra certification that takes time to get before they assign you to the trauma bay..No rush on that though, you still get to jump in there and help!!



    Since you have some time to study, and of course theres SO much to study, I recc going over some of the things you know to expect right off the bat, like IV push meds/cardiac meds you know youll be giving alot..Morphine/dilaudid/Zofran/Lasix/Solumederol/Cardene drip/Nitro drip, etc..And start learning the dosages and how fast you can push...We give them alot and its helpful to be refreshed on them..Also, the "rainbow" for blood draws and what each color tube is designated for at the lab...It helps to know this when MD orders lactate, etc..and the colors can vary by hospital
    Last edit by sirI on Sep 20, '12
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  4. Visit  IrishErin profile page
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    And the new grad in the ER threads continue :|
  6. Visit  daniolk profile page
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    Thank you so much! This is amazing
  7. Visit  studentnursemon86 profile page
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    This is helpful, thanks. I should be graduating in 2016 and I currently work in an ER as a tech. Many of my coworkers ask if I will work there as a nurse when I graduate and I've been on the fence.
    This should give some insight
  8. Visit  SopranoKris profile page
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    Thanks for the valuable info! I just graduated and my dream job would be ER. It was by far my favorite rotation. I'm trying to get in to a fellowship program for new grads in the ER. Once I pass NCLEX, going for ACLS next. I will definitely read all the helpful links posted here. Thanks again!


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