Am I moving to fast?

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by dnurse14 dnurse14 (New) New

I have been a nurse for about a year and a half now in a acute long term care unit. I love my job, but ER is my dream job. I am an extremely fast learner. An ER spot just came open at my hospital and I'm torn as to whether I should go for it. I have TNCC and ACLS, as well as some other certifications that may help me stand out. Any experience from anyone who jumped to ER quickly in their career?

Nurse Beth, MSN

Specializes in Med Surg, Tele, ICU, Ortho. Has 30 years experience. 151 Articles; 2,721 Posts

I have been a nurse for about a year and a half now in a acute long term care unit. I love my job, but ER is my dream job. I am an extremely fast learner. An ER spot just came open at my hospital and I'm torn as to whether I should go for it. I have TNCC and ACLS, as well as some other certifications that may help me stand out. Any experience from anyone who jumped to ER quickly in their career?

I can't think of any reason why not. Good luck!!

ivyleaf

ivyleaf

Specializes in Ambulatory Case Management, Clinic, Psychiatry. Has 15 years experience. 366 Posts

Go for it! Why stay?

esrun2015

esrun2015

26 Posts

Just go for it! If you are not sure you can handle the ER pace, maybe you can ask if you can job shadow for several hours, this way you can see if you would like it and they would get to know you.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 11 years experience. 2 Articles; 6,837 Posts

Of course you should go for it!

nurseandtell

nurseandtell

16 Posts

@dnurse14 like everyone has said go for it!!!

I was almost in your exact position 1 year ago, moved to the ER and have been the happiest I have ever been going to work. Let us know how it goes! =)

ILUVERNSG, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, ER, NURSING EDUCATION. Has 28 years experience. 84 Posts

Grab this opportunity! ER is so much fun!

albert_636

albert_636

6 Posts

Go for it. While i was in school i dreaded med-surg. I did my preceptor in ER. Only 3 people from my class got selected for that department. I dont know if I got selected because they believe it matched my personality but I'm glad they did. The ER was very different from med-surg and tele (which was what my school focused on) and I knew that that is where I wanted to be. I applied to only ER positions as a new grad against the advice of many nurses. You have to go for what you want to do. After about 30 applications to different ERs I finally got a position. I would not want to start anywhere else. My goal is ER for a couple years and move on to critical care. Then in the future, do transports.

Reyn04

Reyn04, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 7 years experience. 41 Posts

It never hurts to apply. Even if the ER boss doesnt think you're ready, you will get on their radar with a strong interview & enthusiasm. They may keep you in mind for the future. You could ask for suggestions that would help you get in next time. Thats worst case scenerio.

Go for it!