I had an ED rotation through school. I was scared that I would hate it but found out I love it. My staff was wonderful but they really do not care if you are there or not. When I wanted to learn something I had to be pushy and tell them or ask them why they were doing that. They gave me all the IV's on adult patients (I think I was not allowed to IV stick the kiddos by policy) and when an acute SOB/chest pain came in they just included me and worked as a very efficient team. I was able to extubate while I was in there also on someone they were able to revive that started breathing on their own again. I learned a lot in my rotation but it is like what the old ED nurse told me when I arrived, "You get out of it what you put in it." My experience was not in a trauma center or busy ED but I found it very fun. I saw so many different things and all ages. I was able to put in about 10 IV's a day. My other love in nursing is psych and all the ED nurses said I would be an asset to an ED since I love psych as well. In my area it seems that to get into an ED you need experience. Since I am a new grad (May 2012) how do I get that critical care experience? I currently work with an infant on a ventilator in a home health setting. I have my ACLS and PALS certs and am going to sign up for the TNCC class in October (the soonest one available). I would love to end up in a trauma center or busier ED. We do have trauma centers in my city. I just had my clinical in a non busy ED.