Quote from SueNYC
Its a level 2 and they see about 75,000 per yr. I have no prior hospital experience and have only worked in a ltc for a few years which is as far opposite you can get from er! I am apprehensive because Ive been reading 6 months everywhere is ideal but it's been quite some time since ive graduated and jobs are VERY scarce in NY right now so I feel lucky to have been offered the position. I accepted the job offer today. Though im ridiculously nervous im so excited !!
congratulations. Be prepared to jot things down, ask questions (at appropriate times, not smack dab in the middle of a trauma), read up, take classes that provide more info (TNCC, PALS, ACLS).... if you feel you need more in a certain area, voice that. Ask for more trauma, more CPR's, more code AMI's, whatever you feel you want more experience in. That's a huge jump from LTC to ER. Keep your mind open, your mouth shut, and try to smile - you'll have some nurses who will be on you from the moment you start, that's the nature of the beats, unfortunately. Be confident - ask their advice if they seem to be nit picky, as that can bring a strong nurse down a notch. They could be your best ally in a bad situation. Good luck!