You big-time lifesaver ER types crack me up. When I walked into the ER of the Biggest Trauma Center in my state, over 20 years ago I felt the same way. I would not wish my first two years on my worst enemy. But the longer I work ER, the more I am convinced that ALL NURSES ARE SPECIALISTS.
Getting "basic nursing skills" together on a floor? What a joke!
I went to a community college. Some of my classmates were LPNs who were doing "basic nursing" when the instuctors were in kindergarten!
Over the years I have seen how priceless the nurses are who LOVE floor nursing and would never want to do anything else. I hope some of them read this string and give you the "what for"! How do you suppose they feel when you consider them drill instructors in your boot camp? How do you reckon they feel having to be nurse-maids to a bunch of new grads, who flood thier floor to "develop basic nursing skills"?
ER has taught me to treasure nurses on floors, clinics and LTC. They are my eyes and ears. They have to spot the patient who needs critical care NOW. They need critical care assessment skills that are better than mine to screen out patients that are TOO SICK for the floor, when we dump on them, because we're "too busy" or, "...there are no ICU beds."
While I would caution anybody against learning ER like I did, I would not rule out going to ANY specialty that I thought I could love. Ya gotta love it--ANY nursing job is too crappy to like.