Nursing student wanting ER

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    I am a nursing student who will graduate in April. I desperately want to work in Trauma ER. Honestly, I just want to work on the ER period! As an ER nurse what can you suggest about getting connections in local ERs? I am doing clinical rotations in a level 1 trauma ER now. Should I introduce myself to the director? What about volunteer opportunities in the ER? Do these exist? I'm willing to do anything to just get my foot in the door for a possible interview when the time comes! Any suggestions would be awesome! Thank you!
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    Congrats on your up coming graduation. I am a currently working in an ER at a Level 2 Trauma Center. I can tell you that in our ER it is expected that most new staff come with either prior ER or Med Surg experience (for instance). If a new nurse had been a paramedic, this would count as well. Talking with the ER leadership up front is always a good idea. Also, being proactive by getting your TNCC, PALS, ACLS and the like will show you are serious about working in the ER and can only help your prospects. Don't be discouraged if you don't get in to the ER with your first go around. My ER rarely hires new grads. Just work on getting experience of some sort under your belt, preferably med/Surg or Peds. Of course, Critical Care would be a feather in your cap as far as the ER goes. Best wishes to you!
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    Treat every shift there as a job interview, and tell everyone who will listen you want to work there. Make every nurse you work with think of you as a dedicated, capable, professional. Volunteering will lead you nowhere as you won't be allowed to do anything except fluff pillows. If people see you as a pillow fluffer they won't see you as a steely eyed lifesaver. A positive attitude will do wonders. Good luck.
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    Seriously your enthusiasm is leaping off the page. As already stated..do an excellent job during your rotation...when nurses start telling you to fill out an application you will know your right for it. Also ask if they can be e reference for you...in other words, if you are seen as an asset you will be invited. The rotation itself is the foot in the door.
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    I'm kinda in the same boat as the OP with the exception I'm about to commence enrolled nursing. I have quite a bit of experience as a patient, I volunteer in the ED of Adelaide's number one trauma centre mostly restocking supplies like nasal specs, O2 masks and making sure family of patients are comfortable. Emergency nursing has always been high on my goals and I am a St. John ambulance volunteer as well. The only reason I'm so late into my goal is my mum told me I couldn't be a nurse (she's been one for 37yrs) I am not Squeamish in the slightest and basically grew up in a hospital because of my parents occupations. I also have a natural ability as described by a doctor for understanding medical terms. Who needs recreational drugs if you're a ED nurse??? The adrenalin is already coursing through your veins with every code!!!
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    Thanks for all the comments! Ill be applying in January/February. Thanks
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    Try to do your preceptership in the ED where you wanna work. If your precepter likes you he/she may pass that on to the boss.

    There are so many newbies wanting to work ER that some institutions allow it, thinking that there won't be any bad habits to deal with and the newbie can be taught what the ED wants them to know. Plus, newbie's have nothing to compare that specific ED to, so they won't know that having 5 nurses for a 30 bed ED isn't done in most places! In other words they can work the crap outta you and you won't know any difference.
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    This is easily the third thread with this flavor in a month.

    To the op: plenty of info on this topic already on this board.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Nov 8, '12 : Reason: TOS
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    I'm all for contacting the director... but after you put in your application. I did this, and she told me that is why I got the job. My drive and initiative is what really wowed her. You sound like you know what you want, and trust me, there is absolutely no reason why you can't be a new grad in the ER. You are either meant for it, or you aren't. I started as a new grad and work with quite a few people who started as new grads, and I must say, we are fabulous.
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    Join the ENA and go to meetings for your local chapter. That us how I got my ER job as a new grad.


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