Quote from mollylalarn
Thanks for your reply. I see you have Trauma med surg down as your specialty, are you doing that or strictly med surg. I appreciate your input
It's "trauma med-surg". i.e. the the non-critical trauma patient. We take patients from the ER or from ICU after their downgraded. We get a wide variety of patients, mostly orthopedic injuries from car crashes, but also assaults, stabbings, shottings, suicide attempts, falls from heights, etc. We also have to take the overflow of garden-variety med-surg patients. It's interesting.
Good luck in whatever you do. Nurses do not eat their young, but the ER can be a tough, demanding place for a new grad. I've seen several new grads leave the ER for the floors because it's sink or swim, no time for hand holding and coddling, and many old folks don't like having new grads in the ER and are unsupportive.
I don't believe in going into med-surg as a springboard to other areas, but many people do. People who don't want med-surg shouldn't have to suffer through it "to gain skills", because those skills can be learned in the speciality unit as good as they could in med-srug. But everyone has an opinion, and there are few threads here if you do a search. I would however, make sure the ER internship is supportive and adequate.