I know it has been awhile since your original post, but i thought I would chime in. I graduated December of last year (Dec 2011) from nursing school and spent 4 months looking for a job. My "dream job" was the ER, and I actually landed a job at a small-mid size ER mid April. I was surprised that they gave me a job there considering I am a new grad, but either way I was very excited about my new job!
I have severe ADD inattentive type. I am still in orientation now, and will be for about another month (3 months is avg orientation for the hospital I am at). I find myself forgetting so many things during the day. I also have a problem with social anxiety, so that mixed with the ADD makes it hard to stay focused at work. Some days are better than others, but I'd say 80% of the time I am beating myself up inside for forgetting little things (i.e., not grabbing everything I will need when I go in a room, so I have to keep coming out and going back in which takes up a lot of time). I have a very patient preceptor, but it really gets me down when I waste so much time because of my forgetfulness. I have thought maybe it was because of my anxiety (which I know plays a huge part), or because I am just slow, but i think it really boils down to my ADD. I take Vyvanse for it every day, but I still have a huge problem. I'm really thinking maybe the ER wasn't the right thing for me to go into. It scares me that I am so inattentive at times. It seems like the more I try, the worse i do.
That's just me though, you may be different. You did say you were the mixed type, right? So maybe you will work well in the ER. I am going to stick with it, but it's killing my confidence. If anyone has any advice for me I would really appreciate it. As for you k31kozumi, keep putting in applications to ERs if you haven't already gotten a job, you will find one out there that will hire you as a new grad! If you have any questions feel free to email me, email@example.com