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Whether you're a nurse for 2 years or 25, what is YOUR opinion on a new grad starting in the ER?
And now to the actual question.
It entirely depends on the new grad. I went straight into the NICU (this was long before the concept of new grad residencies) and did just fine. To be clear, I had worked as a nurse tech in the unit for a year prior to graduating so I had a head start in time management and other non-tangibles. I did face some hazing and some down-right bullying from a nurse, let's call her Beulah, who did not think new grads belonged in "her" unit. But from a nursing standpoint I excelled and went on to be trained as a transport nurse after I had been there a year which, at the time, was considered an honor. I also did a stint in the ED later in my career. Frankly I don't think ED nurses will care much that you are a new grad (ICU nurses are waaaay more anal and I was one so I can say that) As long as you learn reasonably fast, move fast and work really hard that's really all they care about. Slow nurses are the bane of ED nurses existence. That being said, don't rush your learning. By that I mean if you don't know the answer, the process, the procedure for the love of God open your mouth and ask!!! You may get a short answer but generally that is a reflection of lack of time for long-winded educational sessions not exasperation that you are asking in the first place.
There really is no one "right" place for a new grad to start. There are so many factors that play into it. The new grad, the type of unit, the hospital, the personalities of all involved, the training, the preceptor situation. Really a new grad could succeed or fail in ANY unit for a multitude of reasons. Personally I think med-surg is a fine place to start and an equally fine place to stay and it gets old hearing people, like your instructors, dogging it. If a med-surg nurse can't critically think that's on that particular nurse not the type of nursing they are practicing. All areas of nursing require critical thinking otherwise patients would be dying in much larger numbers and for stupid reasons. Congratulations on your achievement and don't worry about whether you should be here or not because it really doesn't matter. You go be awesome!!!
And Beulah...you can suck it you miserable cow!
God I wish I could have said that to her face back then!!!