I am a newbie nurse considering trying the ER. I have some med-surg experience in hand, but think I want to try ER/ED if I can get in. My ultimate goal is to be a trauma- or acute care RN.
My question to you readers is what is the best way to go about it? Would it be better to find a hospital willing to take a chance on me as is, or get some ICU or tele experience first?
I want to be stretched vis-a-vis my nursing skills but do not want to jeopardize my patients or make life tough for my coworkers by being a liability because I am too new, inexperienced, etc.
I have going for me some evidence I have a level head; I have acted in two situations in private life to save/aid someone - one was a Heimlich maneuver to rescue a choking diner, and the other was a seizure patient. I kept my head and did what had to be done. So maybe that tells me something. Then again, there are a lot more complex cases than those!
So - I am considering these options. Please feel free, any of you, to reply here or e-mail me privately instead - whatever your preferences.
Some of you may know I am looking into the military for nursing. If I join the active side, then this question answers itself, but if I go the reserve route, then I'll want the ER background so I can classify as an ER RN for the navy, army or whoever.
Thanks and my best to all...