Quote from fab4fan
I think it's a bad idea...always have, always will. You have no experience to fall back on, no skills; kind of like builiding a house without a foundation.
I suppose if the hosp had a REALLY good internship that lasted a LONG time, then MAYBE it would be all right. But from what I've seen, usually they cut you loose after 8 weeks, then it's up to the staff to provide all the training.
It can be overwhelming for an exp. nurse to deal with the wide variety of ages and dx that come through the ED; I can't imagine doing it with no exp. I've also noticed that a lot of new grads have the attitude that they want the ED to avoid certain aspects of M/S; believe me, you will still deal with that stuff in the ED.
And before anyone flames me for being an old crone nurse, I felt that way even as a new grad, many years ago. And it's just my opinion, FWIW.
As a prospective new grad ED nurse........I agree with building a foundation to grow on, BUT, I also feel that if there is an appropriate orientation and preceptor, a new grad should do fine. IMHO, i know that I will miss out on some basics, like being able to prioritize effectively in the beginning. In the Ed, it a whole new ball game. In my clinicals, Ive had 3 pts (M/S)all with different dx's and I found that the prioritizing came with assessments and med administration.So I have a pretty good idea of what to do. Right now I work as a tech in a level 1 and I see first hand what it is like for the nurses.Its not like Im sitting at home watching ER and saying, "MAn thats cool! I wanna be a ER nurse when I grow up!!!" lol
I know that it will be hard and overwhelming, but I am DETERMINED to be the best Ed RN I can. I just hope that I am assigned to a fabulous preceptor!!!
Yes, there are pros and cons but some people who have worked M/S for a year and specialize have said that they had to "retrain" anyway on their new floor.
I guess its all in how much time and effort is put in by the new nurse and seasoned