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Does the level of trauma center matter?

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Hey Friends!

So I am a new RN currently employed where I worked for 2 years as an LPN in radiation oncology. I got my first choice of preceptorship back in August and was placed in an ED, and I am now applying to different local EDs to start my career as an RN.

My question is:

Does it make any difference on future job prospects whether you are trained in a level 2 trauma center vs a level 4? Both are with the same company, and offer a residency for new grads. So far I have only applied to the level 2 trauma center ED, but was thinking about applying to the level 4 as well just in case I am not picked for an interview with a level 4. 

My worry is if I luck out and get interviewed with both and they both magically like me, or if maybe the level 4 trauma center contacts me first prior to hearing from the level 2. 

 Should I hold off on applying to the level 4 because the level 2 would look much better on a resume?

Basically my future goals are all with emergency departments, but I will either be relocating after a couple years to a neighboring state, or possibly even travel nursing to EDs. 

The level 2 is in a shady area and would be higher stress due to the population in the area. The level 4 is in a rich area and it's obviously a smaller ED. Not that any of this matters because I want to go where the training will be better and what will look better. 

Thanks!

 

 

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Party_of_five has 2 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ED.

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Any job is better than no job. Apply for both and take the one that makes an offer! Trauma centers are rated as #1 being the highest level of care and go down. A level 4 would most likely mean you stabilize and transfer to a higher level of care. 

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NurseVoldemort has 12 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ED.

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Working at a level 2 vs level 4 won't matter much. Experience in an ED is good regardless. So many trauma centers do things differently, so if you ever decide to transfer to a higher level trauma center they will likely not train you to be on the trauma team right away until you get to know the department first and then they will train you to their process. So experience at a 2 vs a 4 won't make you any more or less marketable.

However, keep in mind that when applying for a job, if it is with the same company the HR department will be seeing your applications first and if you submit multiple applications it just kind of looks bad.. My advise would be to maybe talk to an HR rep at the company first. Do both ER's hire new grads? Many ER's don't, so maybe you'd be more likely to get in with one than the other. I think calling and talking to a nurse recruiter (HR person) will help guide you to which job you are more likely to be able to get without making yourself look desperate by applying to every ED job they have posted. 

Good luck!

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56 minutes ago, NurseVoldemort said:

Working at a level 2 vs level 4 won't matter much. Experience in an ED is good regardless. So many trauma centers do things differently, so if you ever decide to transfer to a higher level trauma center they will likely not train you to be on the trauma team right away until you get to know the department first and then they will train you to their process. So experience at a 2 vs a 4 won't make you any more or less marketable.

However, keep in mind that when applying for a job, if it is with the same company the HR department will be seeing your applications first and if you submit multiple applications it just kind of looks bad.. My advise would be to maybe talk to an HR rep at the company first. Do both ER's hire new grads? Many ER's don't, so maybe you'd be more likely to get in with one than the other. I think calling and talking to a nurse recruiter (HR person) will help guide you to which job you are more likely to be able to get without making yourself look desperate by applying to every ED job they have posted. 

Good luck!

This is great information thank you. I am being careful of that. Both positions are open to new grads who had their preceptorship in an ED and offer a residency. I have only applied to one ED and was considering the 2nd. I am trying to find the number for their HR but for whatever reason it has been hard to find. Thanks again!

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