ER nursing as new grad - page 2

I will be graduating in December and am considering applying as an RN in the ER. However, I'm a little nervous that I won't be able to think quick enough to handle certain situations. I don't even... Read More

  1. by   lauritasol
    I am so glad to have found this thread! I was an EMT/Medic in the Army for 4 years, and am now in nursing school. I want to work in the ER/ED as I already know I LOVE it! I have worked as a patient care tech in CCU, MED/SURG and in the Army I also worked in post-op and OB/GYN (different floor divisions in the military). Out of all the locations I have worked, I still like the ED the best and feel that is the best fit for me. However, I have talked with several hospitals and they feel new grads should not work there. I just do not want to go to a department that I will not like or not be as happy in - longing to go to the ED. I have a friend that graduated last year from our BSN program and she now works in Dallas in the ED. They did not make her go through med/surg first, and she even got a $5000 sign on bonus. I am kind of nervous now about graduating, because I do not want to be forced into something I don't want to do just to be able to be employed. Hopefully it will all work out!

    Orca1, I would love to talk to you more. You can email me anytime at

  2. by   LongCoolNurse
    I'm graduating in a little over a week, and I've already been offered (& have accepted) an ED position. I have no ED experience, but I am currently working in a doctor's office where we often treat patients that would otherwise go to the ED. Everyone is different; obviously some learn faster than others & can handle the stress & demands. It should be up to you & the ED manager to decide if you're ready. I can see both sides of the equation, but I am very happy with my choice! Good luck!
  3. by   neneRN
    I used to be very much for new grads in the ER, and I still am DEPENDING on the person. I went into ER right out of nursing school, and felt comfortable relatively quickly-I love ER and don't think I'd even consider working anywhere else.

    That said, it all depends on the nurse-some will come right out of school and be amazing ER nurses; there are some who attempt it who shouldn't. I think anyone considering ER needs to take a realistic look at what kind of person they are and how that will fit being thrown into such a chaotic place as a brand new nurse.