ER experience

  1. Hello. I am a pre-nursing student set to start my nursing program in February/March 2007. At my recent visit to the ER at a local hospital I thought I'd ask the triage nurse about how diffiuclt it was for a new grad to be hired on in the ER. She said that they really like you to have some ER experience and that she started as an EMT in the ER and then as she went through her nursing program she moved up into an externship position. After graduating the RN program she didn't have to look for a job because they had already held an open position for her and she just moved right on into it becuase she had previous ER experience. My question is, to all the ER nurses out there do you agree with this or would it be best to just sit back and relax while taking the nursing courses and then worry about how to get hired on in the ER later?
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  3. by   EricJRN
    There are some students who do work in their chosen while attending school and the experience/contacts can't hurt. Working or not though, I don't think 'sit back and relax' is going to describe what you'll be doing with school.
  4. by   noc_owl
    I don't think 'sit back and relax' is going to describe what you'll be doing with school.
    :chuckle Agree with Eric, no relaxing to be had in school, lol!

    Our ER does hire new grads, but if a person has previous ER experience as a CNA, tech, or EMT they are given preference over someone who has no experience. I think having experience gives you an idea of what the ER is actually like. Maybe you can get a part-time job in the ER while you're in school, it definately wouldn't hurt.
  5. by   NYTramaRN
    I think you might find that being a new grad in a ED postion, to be somewhat overwhelming. I would suggest time on the floor getting your basics solidly grounded, and in general used to how pt, and staff work, getting your physical, and diagnostic skills honed.
    You hit the ground running everyday in the ED, and stumbling is not a option
  6. by   bill4745
    I strongly suggest a year of med-surg for any new grad, no matter what you eventually specialize in.
  7. by   jojotoo
    Quote from bill4745
    I strongly suggest a year of med-surg for any new grad, no matter what you eventually specialize in.


    Ditto.
  8. by   Altra
    IMO, a comprehensive, structured orientation program has more to do with the ultimate success or lack of success of any nurse new to the ER, whether it's a new grad or a nurse with previous experience.

    If you are strongly drawn to ER nursing (and have had some clinical or other work or shadowing experience in the ER to know that you're drawn to it based on what actually goes on in the ER ... and not just the TV version ) then seek out a hospital where you'll get a good orientation ... the longer the better.

    Good luck to you!
  9. by   GUIDEDBYFAITH
    Thank you all for your responses. This really helps me make a decision. In no way do I think nursing school is easy I come from a family of nurses and PAs. However, only one of them have ever worked in the ER and she didn't really know what advice to give me because she did not start in the ER. My concern was that if I did start working in the ER while in the nursing program would it make it more difficult or would I be able to apply skills learned and benefit from the work. Thank you.

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