Quote from kelbeljo
Thanks for your reply! This is exactly why I feel like ER would be great for me, however I am nervous about the stress of learning a new work environment while in school. I have a couple of months to think about it. Thanks for your input!
What about looking for a RN job in Urgent Care? You won't see the acuity of patients that you see in the ER, but it will give you a first hand look at what the day to day workload is like.
I worked in Urgent Care for 4 years per diem as a NP. Pay was good as a per diem. The UC I worked at was part of a large primary care and multi-specialty practice, and was open 365 days. We did splinting, suturing, and minor procedures like I&Ds. We gave IV fluids and antibiotics, and had lab and xray on site. There were always at least 4-5 providers there, with 2 RNs, and several MAs. Radiology was available remotely to read xrays. They were open weekdays 9-8 and weekends 9-4.
I oriented for 2 weekends, as I had previous primary care experience and already knew how to suture (I took a class right after graduation) and do minor procedures. I enjoyed working in UC, as you saw a lot of different things and it was fast paced. Some smaller UC facilities might only have one provider on at a time, and I've seen postings for 3-12 hour shifts, with an every other weekend requirement. They usually want a couple of years of UC experience.
Best of luck to you with school and the move.