New Nurse Looking For ER Advice - page 2
by DavidRamirez 4,227 Views | 21 Comments
Hello all! I just graduated this December and got my RN license about a week ago. I worked full time through nursing school in a non medical field. I had multiple rotations in the ER during my clinicals and feel that is the best... Read More
- 0Jan 18, '13 by hiddencatRNQuote from DavidRamirezI joined the ENA and went to a chapter meeting where I met my future boss, but mostly I was applying to ER jobs. Many ERs in my area hire new grads: the positions are just very competitive to get.Was it a matter of putting your applications out there or were you meeting with directors?
- 0Jan 18, '13 by sharon2012rnHi..Im starting ER new grad position next month..if its ok I will PM u some???Quote from FERNtasticI am a new grad and was fortunate to start my nursing career in the ED at a large, urban, county hospital. I have been there 5 months now and love it. It did, however, take about 4 months after I was licensed and looking for a job full-time to get in. 300 people applied, 30 were interviewed, and 4 were hired, so yes, I was very lucky. The market right now for new grads is not great, with stories of new grads taking over a year to find their first nursing job. Ideally, you'll land straight into the department of your choice (the ED), but I wouldn't hold out for that in this market or you may be waiting for an extended period of time. My advice would be to take what you can get but with a plan. I was preparing to enact my plan C to go into an LTC facilty halfway across the country before my boat came in. First off, if you can get into a facility with an ED where you'd want to work, take it, doesn't matter which department (med-surg, OB, peds, whatever) as long as it's acute care and you can do the job in a professional capacity. Likely, after some time and experience you can transfer into the ED through an interdepartmental transfer. Alternatively, if you can't get the transfer approved, you'll have gained the magical one-year of acute care experience opening up opportunities elsewhere. The experience working will likely build on your nursing foundation developed in school and make the transition into the ED easier. Best of luck to you!
- 0Jan 18, '13 by RachelRN89DavidRamirez,
I think if your heart is set on the ED you should start there. Why waste a year or more doing a type of nursing that you're not interested in? If you are passionate about a certain area wouldn't your time be more well spent in that area? I am a recent grad and I know a few people in my class who got a job in the ED right out of school. Nowadays, I have heard of units such as the ICU telling new nurses who don't seem to be keeping up with the pace, "Why don't you work on a med/surg floor and reapply when you gain more experience..." so it just goes to show that many units will take new grads and evaluate their performance. Hope that helps!
- 0Jan 18, '13 by BsuBriAs an ER nurse... I will tell you starting as a new grad in the ED is not safer smart. Unless you start in an Er that has tiring where you start with low acuity patients and work up. You should have at least 2 years experience before taking on the Er. Er nursing is a whole different breed. I agree with you.. I always new where I was going to work I just had to get there.. I stared my nursing career in the NICU then after 2 years split m time between the 2 places..
- 0Jan 30, '13 by maverickemtHello all,
This is to anyone who wants to respond. I have an unique situation. I am currently an active duty military member and I plan to separate in 2014. I would like to work in the ED after separation. I have been deployed for 6 months, have 3 months civilian med/surg experience, and 4 years perioperative experience. I am certified in all the life support stuff and TNCC. I find myself getting nervous looking at openings for ED internships for experienced nurses who want to make a career change. Is this normal? Should I just apply for ED positions in Texas and see what happens or should I apply for an internship? Any advice would be appreciated.