I 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!