New Grad interested in Trauma - page 3

by BlueSunRise 19,431 Views | 37 Comments

I'm a new nurse grad (as of May, 13, 2012)... currently studying to take my board exam. On my breaks, I view blogs... trying to find out if its realistic to apply for Trauma: entry-level. I believe most hospitals are... Read More


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    I'm not sure where to post this, because there is not a forum devoted to ICU

    I was just wondering, can someone give me an idea of what a day in the ICU is like? I have always been very intrested in ER, but my fiance's uncle recently passed away in the ICU and I took a liking to the unit. Just wondering what to expect on a day to day basis if I were to get a job there.

    Do they typically hire new grad? I will graduate with a BSN if that makes a difference. Doubtful it does, but wishing can't hurt, right?
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    Quote from MichaelaR27
    I'm not sure where to post this, because there is not a forum devoted to ICU

    I was just wondering, can someone give me an idea of what a day in the ICU is like? I have always been very intrested in ER, but my fiance's uncle recently passed away in the ICU and I took a liking to the unit. Just wondering what to expect on a day to day basis if I were to get a job there.

    Do they typically hire new grad? I will graduate with a BSN if that makes a difference. Doubtful it does, but wishing can't hurt, right?
    Try the "critical care nursing" forums. They are dedicated to Trauma ICU, MICU, SICU, etc.

    Click on nursing specialities - critical care nursing.

    Hope that you find your answer!
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    That is the forum I was originally looking for, but when I went to post (and when I just re-checked) the forums I can see go from correctional nursing straight to developmental disabilities...
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    Up at the top of the screen. There is a tab next to specialties that says "Critical". That is where you go.
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    Quote from MichaelaR27
    That is the forum I was originally looking for, but when I went to post (and when I just re-checked) the forums I can see go from correctional nursing straight to developmental disabilities...
    MichaelaR27, were you able to find the critical care nursing forum you were looking for?
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    C'mon Maros9999, really? Rio de Janeiro's trauma center is the closest thing to war?
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    I believe that you need more experience before working in trauma. Your EMT experience would help, but hospitals will probably start you off in the ICU.
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    Great news to share with regard to Page 1 and my request for info on Trauma. I just landed a Trauma RN job, full time, nights... with a Trauma Level I hospital on the east coast. I have no previous experience working as an RN... only EMT. I'm excited about the opportunity. Thank you for Page 1 folks who gave productive feedback. I'll be sure to share feedback as I learn more about my dream specialty.

    What I learned (about the job application process):
    1. Everyone talks about Trauma being too hard and needing more experience before joining... its a slam in your face. A big door swinging your way and I don't like it. I say open the door... A lot of my friends encouraged me to apply for residency programs... I didn't want to. Why? Because most if not all, require you to rotate on different floors. If you already know what you wanna do... why rotate a different floor every week for 3 months. Makes sense to others, with perhaps less direction. To me its better to get molded in the area of interest right off the bat. So residency programs - as great as they sound - aren't necessarily the only option... you might be luckier applying directly to a position of interest (and be surprised when they call you in for an interview).
    2. I was willing to relocate... anywhere... AND when one manager said no... I didn't let it bug me. I kept applying... overall I applied to 600 jobs in 2 months... and earned a position in Trauma... right where I wanted to be... so persistance helps. Its not about how little or how much experience you have... every hospital has training programs... if its not a residency, they have a 3 month transition program in your specialty... This hospital is offering me 3 months of intensive training...

    I'll revisit my thread to share more about my experience in the future... thanks again for everyone whose input helped me feel encouraged.

    =)

    PS - Mexico... war zone... whatever the situation... if you can learn and make an impact on people's lives... you should be there. This is what nursing is all about and will always be about.
    Last edit by BlueSunRise on Dec 27, '12
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    I had a similar experience and was promptly told that my calls were "too much" that was their "reason" for not hiring me. I was always under the impression that proactivity was a sign of diligence and determination, both qualities that I thought were admirable. Just be careful and feel out the HR or administrative staff.
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    Quote from BlueSunRise
    Great news to share with regard to Page 1 and my request for info on Trauma. I just landed a Trauma RN job, full time, nights... with a Trauma Level I hospital on the east coast. I have no previous experience working as an RN... only EMT. I'm excited about the opportunity. Thank you for Page 1 folks who gave productive feedback. I'll be sure to share feedback as I learn more about my dream specialty.

    What I learned (about the job application process):
    1. Everyone talks about Trauma being too hard and needing more experience before joining... its a slam in your face. A big door swinging your way and I don't like it. I say open the door... A lot of my friends encouraged me to apply for residency programs... I didn't want to. Why? Because most if not all, require you to rotate on different floors. If you already know what you wanna do... why rotate a different floor every week for 3 months. Makes sense to others, with perhaps less direction. To me its better to get molded in the area of interest right off the bat. So residency programs - as great as they sound - aren't necessarily the only option... you might be luckier applying directly to a position of interest (and be surprised when they call you in for an interview).
    2. I was willing to relocate... anywhere... AND when one manager said no... I didn't let it bug me. I kept applying... overall I applied to 600 jobs in 2 months... and earned a position in Trauma... right where I wanted to be... so persistance helps. Its not about how little or how much experience you have... every hospital has training programs... if its not a residency, they have a 3 month transition program in your specialty... This hospital is offering me 3 months of intensive training...

    I'll revisit my thread to share more about my experience in the future... thanks again for everyone whose input helped me feel encouraged.

    =)

    PS - Mexico... war zone... whatever the situation... if you can learn and make an impact on people's lives... you should be there. This is what nursing is all about and will always be about.
    CONGRATS!!! I concur. Take a chance a apply to a specialized position...be open to all roads as well. I did a phone screen and after the process will be starting as a new grad in a PICU. The RECRUITER at the hospital SUGGESTED the position! I will be learning ECMO, Dialysis...have everything from trauma, transplant, hospice, oncology, etc...They have an intensive program as well. This particular hospital actually abandoned nurse residency rotations because of the hit and miss feedbacks from new grads, now intensive programs and clinical ladder programs, which have been giving them better results.
    Keep pushing, I wish you great success BlueSun!!!
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