Hey - I have to agree with the other posters. I worked on a busy med surg unit when I finished nursing school
. I took a position in the ER when it came open. I am glad for the experience I got working on the med surg and I know it did help once I got into the ER.
It takes a special person to work in the ER and not go "nuts". The things an ER nurse has to see on an almost daily basis can take it's toll on you, so you learn to deal with it to not burn out.
I love the ER and would not want to go back to the floor. It's not just the "get them in, get them out" mentality, but you have so much autonomy in the ER, of course with hospital policies, protocols an all that in mind. The ER docs I have worked with have been great. I enjoy seeing a patient with chest pain and get them worked up and upstairs. The other nurses I have worked with never minded pulling together, especially in a small rural hospital. There, you didn't have a code team, all the nurses WERE the code team.