Only you know yourself and what you can handle. Working in the ED will test your strongest self limits. :uhoh21: I have been a RN in a ED for one year, I have been a Rn for one year - I had to do 3 months of med-surg which at first I hated but realized it was very helpful when I finally got to the ED. I LOVE THE ED, everyday, I love it, BUT it is a very stressful and demanding job. I already have pain in my left foot.
We are a small ED - 15 beds total, 4-5 nurses on from 7p-11p but then we go to 3 at night from 11p-7a - one nurse does triage, so that leaves 2 nurses to divide 15 rooms - its tough, we are small but we serve 8 counties, we are atleast 1 hour from all other hospitals. We have serious trauma's and we have toothaches - we see it all. GETTING INTO A ER RIGHT AWAY IS GREAT - SOME PEOPLE HAVE TO WAIT A LONG TIME - that in itself is a plus for you - AND YOU MAY NOT KNOW WHAT YOU WANT UNTIL YOU TRY IT. Many nurses change units all the time.
I feel that experience in the ER is going to be the best. Everyday I feel alittle bit better about my knowledge, but I am learning something new everyday :yeahthat: Just keep your eyes open and your ears open and you will learn alot just by watching others - also you will get a feel along the way which way is best and right for you. Mentors are great - however you have to do it yourway. :biere:
I read "Nursing 06" (magazine), I joined ENA (emergency nurses association), I also take as many classes as I can - I have taken TNCC (trauma nursing core cirrculm), ACLS, ABLS (Advanced burn Life Support), Disaster training, EKG class, Triage class, etc.....
You can listen to everyone and take it into consideration, but you have to do what's right for you and you will find out yourself - Good Luck with your decision!!