[font="comic sans ms"]well, i think you probably hear things like this because good
er nurses have a wide range of skills, know how to treat/assess a wide range of conditions, have good organizlational skills and are adaptable. they have to be ready for whatever walks through the door.
i've worked in a wide range of nursing specialties in my fairly short career (i've been a nurse for about 7 years), and let me tell you, my first few weeks "on my own" in the er, i was terrified
going to work. and i had an icu background. i got over it
eventually. but there is a complete lack of control over what is going to happen next when you work in the er.
that being said, not every er nurse is a good er nurse. and not every good er nurse will do well in other locations. we have the luxery of only having out patients for a few hours (usually). but, the skills you learn in the er are desired in other locations, and you will probably have had contact with just about every type of patient there is. so just about anywhere else you can apply, you can truthfully say that you have experience caring for that type of patient.