I'm just beginning in a level one trauma ED. I transferred to it from a tele unit in my hospital system. It seems like the classes and certs I'm required to get surpass any of the requirements of heard of nurses in other departments needing to fulfill. Luckily, I got a few of the classses out of the way when I oriented for my old unit, like IV infusion, 12-lead, and EKG interpretation. But now I'm also having to do TNCC, PALS, ACLS (which I already had from when I worked in the OR but let it lapse bc it's not required for floor nurses other than ICU at my hospital), mass casualty class, nonviolent conflict resolution, lethality (domestic abuse class), decontamination (we aren't too far from a nuclear power plant)... I think there was one called ENSI too, but I can't remember if that for sure is it. There's another ped very we have to get as well but I can't remember the name of it. Anyway, based on my experiences, this is a lot more information than most of our floor nurses are required to take in. Don't get me wrong- I'm not complaining- I love learning, and I want to be hella prepared for any possible contingency. I just get the impression that ED peeps are more formally clinically educated than most other types of floor nurses, am I totally off the mark? I mean they were "strongly encouraging" nurses to pursue stroke certification and cardiac certification on my last floor, but it wasn't mandatory so a lot of people took it as a "meh." I was working part time so I wasn't eligible to take the classes and exams under hospital pay, so I couldn't afford it but I generally approach things with an all or nothing attitude and would have if they'd offered to pay for the exam. Anyway, just wanted to know yalls thoughts on this? I was at a community hospital with 380 beds, and now at the main one within my same hospital system with 890 beds, if that is at all necessary to inform your opinion.