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It is difficult, although not impossible, for a new grad to get hired in the ED......or any critical care area. Experience, bedside experience is the key for the Emergency Department.
The Emergency Department is difficult for new grads because of the pace of the environment and the reliance on basic med/surg knowledge. Super fast and accurate critical thinking skills are necessary to act and react in this environment. The margin for error and learning is small. The reliance on a good background in med/surg....like how to respond to a low glucose, Is it a CVA or hypoglycemia? Is it A MI or Gallbladder attack? Along with skills in IV starts, blood draws, EKG interpretation, ABG's, inserting NGT's, foley's and chest tubes. If you find a facility that will hire a new grad to the ED ensure that there is an extended orientation directed at the new grad.
The job market is very poor.....nurses are having trouble finding positions. The average time for a new grad to find a position is 7-10 months and is usually not in acute care let alone a critical care area. experience in patient care like EMT or paramedic or CNA/tech in an ED is one "key" to have an advantage....but even then there is no guarantee for the new grads in this job climate.
Many of the ED certifications require experience at the bedside in the environment. I would also ask your instructors about your local job market what the expectations are for new grads.
I wish you the very best.