I think that students are ending up in all different places, probably depending on their interests, the hiring that is occurring in their areas, and each facility's philosophy on new grads.
I know when we had orientation for my class, a set of RNs came in to speak to us. Two were fairly new grads. One went directly in to telemetry and another directly to the ER.
I am personally thinking that for now I also want to work ER. I have spent some time on the ER thread
here at allnurses.com (under Nursing Specialties
) and see where others have posted the question of going directly to the ER. The answers have varied from very positive to starting out via the med/surg route.
Best wishes to all in whatever future direction you chose to take!!