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  1. Hi guys, I've been a nurse for 1.5yrs on tele, and I just got hired in the ED, will be starting next month! I'm aware it's not common for ER nurses to use brain sheets, BUT what did you guys use as newbies? There's going to be a lot thrown at me in the beginning, and I just wanna do my best to keep up. Any other advice/tips&tricks from folks that have been here would be much appreciated.
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    Handiest medical app?

    I want to purchase an app, but unsure which one to go with. I've used Nursing Central from Unbound Medicine, I liked it, especially used Davis's Drug guide; Though this is the only app I have experience with. What other apps out there have you guys used that was handy? Thanks for sharing!
  3. @JKL33, Thank you for your words; The interview went very well, and today i received the job offer (I am still processing it) lol! I can hardly believe it, I am both excited, but nervous; totally ready to be molded into an ED nurse tho, but a bit scared!!!! It's gonna be quite a journey.. Thank you again
  4. Hi guys! Been a nurse about 1 1/2 yrs, been on theCardiac Tele unit. Before/during nursing school I was a nurses aid, so I had an idea of what i liked and what i didn't like. So in nursing school i jumped on every opportunity i could to check out other departments, and i had a few faves. ANYWAY I decided ED was the place for me, and of course i wanted to start out there, but our first job isn't always our dream job. So after tirelessly applying to positions, I finally received a phone call for an interview. IM STOKED of course, but at the same time nervous because i don't wanna mess this up. Does anybody have any advice they could share? I don't know what they're gonna throw at me since I come from the floor, and I have been brainstorming answers to those general questions that can be difficult to answer for whatever reason lol. Anyways any advice, stories, experiences from anybody that was once in my shoes would be SO MUCH APPRECIATED! Thank you :)
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    Tele nurse wanting to transition to ED; advice?

    Hey jjaye, thank you for your response! And that’s a great idea! I think I have the perfect person in mind to help me with it. And yes I am hoping for that circumstance to wiggle my way in
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    Tele nurse wanting to transition to ED; advice?

    Thanks for taking the time to reply to my question! I wish it were that easy, nurses here (in California) face the same predicament trying to transition to ICU or into any other area by that matter from floor nursing. People that are floor nurses, especially tele nurses are usually lifers, or just move on to different bedside positions. And yeah I get what you're saying, I think what the person meant is that by getting that certification, it shows some kind of incentive, as some hospitals do at times cross train if budget and staff allows it. I've been looking into volunteering at fire department (idk if that'd help). Oh and I meant I was encouraged to stay at least a year because it doesn't look that great on a resume to quit so soon haha. I have some friends that moved out of state and went directly into the unit they desired, gained the experienced and came back, but others have had some luck without having to go through all of that, but did move to more rural areas.
  7. My fellow nurses! Would appreciate any advice/tips on this... I've been working on the cardiac tele unit for about 1.5yrs, I was fortunate enough to get hired quickly after passing NCLEX. At the time I took the job because of course as a new grad, one can't be too picky right?! Anyways now that I've been there over a year, I would like to transition into the ED. In nursing school unfortunately, we didn’t get to choose our preceptorship, but I had the opportunity to do a few rotations in the ED and I absolutely loved it, even though it was challenging and chaotic. I reside in California so it isn't easy to go into a specialty without prior experience like it is in other states. One gets lucky if they can get hired at a hospital right off that bat. Though I am super grateful for the opportunity I was given, I honestly cannot stand to stay where I am any longer. I was advised to stay put for at least a year, and now that I have, I've begun applying to positions in the ED; of course, most of them want at least 6mo-1yr of ED experience, which I do not have. On a thread someone asked a similar question and someone advised to get the CEN certification, which I currently am studying for. Any other words of advice or encouragement out there? I'm getting to the point where I'm applying far from home. I am very willing to commute or relocate for the right opportunity. I've even been considering out of state, but then that just gets a bit more complicated so I'm trying instate first. If I did go out of state, any recommendations from my fellow travel nurses?; I hear some states are better than others. Nursing is a tough gig and its especially tough when one doesn’t vibe where they’re at, I am getting desperate. Any prior floor nurses in my position that transitioned, how’d you do it? Thank you guys and gals!
  8. My fellow nurses! Would appreciate any advice/tips on this... I've been working on the cardiac tele unit for about 1.5yrs, I was fortunate enough to get hired quickly after passing NCLEX. At the time I took the job because of course as a new grad, one can't be too picky right?! Anyways now that I've been there over a year, I would like to transition into the ED. In nursing school unfortunately, we didn’t get to choose our preceptorship, but I had the opportunity to do a few rotations in the ED and I absolutely loved it, even though it was challenging and chaotic. I reside in California so it isn't easy to go into a specialty without prior experience like it is in other states. One gets lucky if they can get hired at a hospital right off that bat. Though I am super grateful for the opportunity I was given, I honestly cannot stand to stay where I am any longer. I was advised to stay put for at least a year, and now that I have, I've begun applying to positions in the ED; of course, most of them want at least 6mo-1yr of ED experience, which I do not have. On a thread someone asked a similar question and someone advised to get the CEN certification, which I currently am studying for. Any other words of advice or encouragement out there? I'm getting to the point where I'm applying far from home. I am very willing to commute or relocate for the right opportunity. I've even been considering out of state, but then that just gets a bit more complicated so I'm trying instate first. If I did go out of state, any recommendations from my fellow travel nurses?; I hear some states are better than others. Nursing is a tough gig and its especially tough when one doesn’t vibe where they’re at, I am getting desperate. Any prior floor nurses in my position that transitioned, how’d you do it? Thank you guys and gals!
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