Rotation In Er.. Help!!!!!!

  1. Hi all,

    I'm a student doing my first 2 day ER rotation. I was wondering if you could offer me any advice for fitting in. I'm really nervous about it. But at the same time I AM SOOOO EXCITED!!!

    Any help would be appreciated
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  3. by   Uptoherern
    I'll tell ya....the students that we like the best volunteer for everything...iv starts/foleys/ng's, etc. They ask what they can do to help....they let us know what they are allowed to do. They ask to watch procedures unfamiliar to them. They explore the unit to see where things are, and they are not afraid to go into pts. rooms to see how they are doing, and whether or not the pt needs anything. The students that we are not so thrilled with are the ones who don't say anything, sit at the counter (trying to hide? and don't TRY! You'll be fine.
  4. by   roud123
    What a relief. I want to do all those things. SO I guess I will just go full steam ahead. I'm just worried about getting in everyones ways.. Thank you soo much!!!!
  5. by   ERNurse752
    I agree with what erdiane said...

    Let it be known to everybody that you want to learn everything you can, and go for it!

    Good luck and have fun!
  6. by   pointhope
    I am a charge nurse in a large innercity hospital and I agree that you should volunteer for anything. By the by, the ER is a great place to practice your IV starts. You will have literally hundreds of opportunities. Way back when I was in nursing school, one of my fellow classmates felt nervous about his skill in that area and he went to the ER and volunteered as a student to start IVs all day long. Good Luck to you. Just charge right in and don't forget to ask questions when you are unsure.
  7. by   eldernurse
    And don't let the patient's know you are new. Ask questions, when needed, away from patient and act like you know what you are doing. The patient's already have enough to be nervous about. They don't need to worry about you, too.
    WE NEED YOU. Graduate already!!!!!
  8. by   EmeraldNYL
    Are you guys all allowed to start IVs as nursing students? We aren't allowed to at all, or give IV push meds either. Anyway, good luck in your ER clinical-- I haven't had mine yet.
  9. by   CountrifiedRN
    I was glad to see this post because my ER rotation is coming up next month. I'm really excited about it because I am considering this field when I get out of school.

    EmeraldNYL, at our school we start IV's (or as in my case, attempt to start IV's ), push IV meds, insert foleys, just about anything. We're not allowed to administer blood or get narcotics out, and up until this semester we couldn't administer anything through a central line.
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