Oh how I LOVE the ER!! I, like others here, learned SOOOOO MUCH when I working in that dept. But, with that, it also depends on where you work and how the nurses are. I worked with the most amazing RN's I have ever met. I could ask 1,000 questions a day and they always were helpful, they knew I was exciting about learning more and loved to help. Worked with a group of RN's that were really just crap, attitudes of "just do your tech stuff and leave the rest to us, nothing u need to know"...when all of us had LOTS of experiance and/or where in EMT-P/Nursing school
. Also, it will depend on what your scope of practice is there...what all are you "allowed to do"? When I worked with the super-awesome-nurses, we had a HUGE amount of trust for one another. They esp. did with me, since it was their lic. on the line. But that trust had to be earned. I did the IV's, foleys, all kinds of things. The other ER, NOPE...they didn't even let us draw blood, but we sat at the front desk for the initial triage...makes no sense lol. But where they didn't let us insert IV's (I should add that I do have my IV Therapy Cert from the state of Texas lol) or labs, but we splinted EVERYTHING...I hadn't done that since school in 2000 so that was rough for me to get into the swing of and "learn" lol. Stay positive and don't worry...if you like to learn the ER is awesome for that. Know matter how smart a person THINKS they are, the ER is somewhere that will quickly remind you that you know jack..lol...in a good though...motivation to LEARN...always LEARN and become a sponge!
Good Luck to you hun!