I agree with Bill,.....it's a shame to see new grads leave frustrated and feeling like a failure when they go directly to ER.
You need that 6mo - 1yr to get good assessment skills,..fine tune all of your nursing skills and just get your bearings at being a nurse!! I also think that spending time on the floor helps you better understand how the hospital functions,..lab, radiology, pharmacy etc, who to call for a burned out light bulb, who fixes the stopped up toilet, how do I reach a doc at 2am (and when do I really need to call), how do I know who is on call,..,.you will learn so much then when you go to ER things will make more sense, and you will be more efficient speed is a must in the ER and if your still unsure about your skill or who to call for what you will end up frustrated!
I honestly believe you need a good nursing foundation before you move to the ER.
Good luck to you,..btw I personally would pick stepdown/tele over general med surge