What does it take to be considered for an ER position as a New Graduate RN? - page 2

by mikeynizm | 6,644 Views | 15 Comments

I am new graduate RN really committed to landing a ER position and was just wondering what it takes for me to be considered into a program. Aside from having experience, BLS, ACLS, and PALS, what can I do to make myself standout... Read More


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    Having seen many new grads in the last ER I worked in, I would not recommend working in the ER unless you were an ER tech, an EMT, or a Paramedic. It's generally not the place to learn new skills easily. The ER I currently work in will not hire new grads, you need at least 6 months m/s experience first. I was ok as a new grad RN in the ER because I worked there for 3 years as an LPN. I also worked for 9 months on a Cardiac/trauma/m/s stepdown unit as an LPN. Got invaluable experience.
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    I have been an ED RN for 2 years and the best advice I can give you is to apply for ED residencies and internships. It's not a type of nursing that any certification can prepare you for. I had an EMT-B and many certifications and most of the other RNs hired with me had no "extra" letters after their names. Just be sure your resume is simple and to the point and write a unique cover letter to every job you apply to. In you cover letter make the job you are applying for seem like it's the best job ever and that you've dreamed of it your whole life! That will show them you are serious and passionate about working in the ED or any other department you apply for.
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    want to be added to this discussion
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    RN residency program, the way to go!
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    how do you get a residency?
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    It depends on each hospital, if they have set up for it or not. Try looking at different RN residency programs. I did mine through the Versant RN residency program, check their website. Then go through each hospitals' requirements. Most EDs will want the applicant to have done their nursing practicum in the ED.

    In my case, the hospital I work for has this kind of RN residency program, and so far it has had three cohort groups. When I applied for the program there were over 700 applicants (all brand new RN grads) for different specialties (L&D, Med-Surg, OR, ED, ICU) and only 24 were selected. Out of the 24 there were only 3 positions for ED. It is incredibly competitive, but it is undeniably one of the best ways, in my opinion, to transition from nursing student to the "real" world as an RN.

    Best of luck!


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