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Ive been a floor nurse for a little over 2 years. I love where I work but want more experience!! I love when things are super busy and challenging and I'm excited to get my brain working even moreso now. I am of course nervous, too!! I have one month before my transition. Any words of advice or good study ideas? I know that nothing will even get me close to being very prepared and that that's what orientation and classes are for...but I would like to do something in the month that I have! Thanks everyone

Always ask questions, stay calm, take a breath.

Remember those three things and you'll be fine.

BostonTerrierLover, BSN, RN

Specializes in Adult/Ped Emergency and Trauma. Has 16 years experience.


I think you will be more than fine, those 2 years med-surg experience are really going to help you with skills you'll face in the ED. If your not currently ACLS and PALS you could check into if those classes are offered locally. Later on you could look into TNCC classes or possibly CEN certification, but all that will come in time.

Once again, with your prior experience, it will just mean getting oriented to the new flow of things (culture shock). I don't think I need to say it, but will anyway, . .Good Luck.

Also, just because the ED is the front lines, and Liability is significantly higher now, I would look into getting your own malpractice insurance. It offers a small peace of mind in todays Law Suit Mills where the Plaintiffs usually name everyone on staff during the occurence. Just a thought.

Thanks!!! I am already ACLS so I was going to review that again. And my med/surg floor was tele so I also think that that will be beneficial. I hadn't thought of malpractice insurance. I will consider that, too.

mybrowneyedgirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Room.

Review ACLS, know your intubation drugs, review how to set up chest tubes and art lines and you'll be fine. Good luck to you. i'm glad you were able to switch to ED.