I blame the TV show ER for making ER so attractive to new or potential nurses. ER is not the only area of nursing that is interesting. Not everyone is cut out for ER either. If a new or potential nurse has never had any type of emergency experience before, i.e. EMS or ED tech, then go do another type of nursing first and find out what bedside nursing is all about. Develop skills both professional and personal that will help deal with patients of all types and sizes. ER is not all glamour, excitement, and fun. Sometimes it is discouraging, boring, frustrating, and/or extremely stressful. I guess these posts from new or potential nurses that want to work in the ER right out of school hit a nerve with me. I worked in the ER for four years, right out of school, but I was a medic for 12 years prior to that so transitioning to ER came more easy to me than it did to some other new grads. I now work in an LTAC, and I couldn't be happier. I love knowing my patients because I have had them for several shifts in a row. I love not having to worry about what is going to walk in the door next. I love not having to deal with the stress of having a boss that was the village idiot when it came to running a department. (whole 'nuther story) I didn't realize how bad I felt until I wasn't in that environment any longer, and realized how much better I felt. I guess it would have been different if I had had a decent boss, but the woman that runs that department is truly a village idiot and the main reason I left. But I digress. Anyway, sorry I got off on a tangent. Just know that there are other areas of nursing, not just ER, that are just as interesting, and challenging to go into.