Quote from Kristiern1
I was hoping to get some input about an interview I have scheduled tomorrow. It is in a Level III emergency department. There is a physician there 24/7 with double coverage by a NP during peak times. I am a new grad ACNP. I have never worked in an ER type environment. I have 10 years experience as a RN with the last 6 in critical care.
For those of you with experience in the ED, what do you think are important questions for me to ask/or things to consider with this opportunity? I know I will have a big learning curve and they seem willing to accept that as well as I am ready to continue to broaden my knowledge on areas I am less comfortable (trauma, ortho stuff etc.) My area of expertise is cardiology and I have been a little disappointed for lack of opportunities in that area in my hometown. I feel comfortable with acute patients with CP, dyspnea, syncope, CVA/TIA, Abd pain. I think they would prefer to have someone who can see kids too, but the medical director said he was willing to consider an ACNP because of the training etc.
I also have an interview next week at the hospital I work at now as a RN. For a NP position that would create an outpatient heart failure management clinic and also work with one of the CT surgeons (My facility currently does not do hearts, but will begin after 1/1/06)
I guess I anticipated getting out of school and having a perfect job waiting for me.....too bad someone woke me up from my dream land. I have been so busy with my education over the last year that now having to wait is making me crazy...wait to get authorization to take boards...wait for interviews....wait for job.....wait to get licensed until you get job.....aaarrgh...thanks for listenind to the vent.
Any words of wisdom?
The position that is coming up in Jan. of '06......do you think you will possibly get that one? Just wondering. Is that the type of work you really want to do? If so, can you take this one in the ED until the other one opens?
Now, if you do take the one in the ED, you will need ACLS, preferably ACLS EP, PALS, NRP, ATLS. This really is just about mandatory what with the responsibility you will have.
It sounds as if they are willing to let you work just out of school in such a highly specialized area and that is a great compliment to you. And, you will have 24/7 physician to help guide you until you get the feel of things.
If I could place myself in your shoes, I would take the ED position. I think in the long run it would be most satisfying for me, but, I am not you.
What do you REALLY want to do????