Published Apr 1, 2014
Long story short. I am a 5month new nurse working on a sub acute floor. I have this real big passion to work in our ED even before nursing and without blowing my cover I have had many experiences shadowing the ED. However, I have to wait at least 7 more months to try to transfer. So I figure I would do some research and find out how can I make myself more impressionable when I apply for transfer to the ED? I plan on becoming ACLS certified and take a couple EKG classes. I may have to sneak in PALS (since I don't currently work with peds) from an outside agency because I don't want my current manager to know of me wanting to move on just yet until it can line up. I feel that my unit can be downplayed by other units since we don't get a lot of critical care experience. However the floor is turning more med-surg the past year even though we're not "classified" like this. So I know when I apply I am sure I will be up against those with official med surg qualities. I want the training personally and to show this manager in the ED that I am trying to be ready in terms of skills. So is there any other certifications or training I should seek out to help with this before applying there? I'd appreciate it!
Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN
You mean trying to look IMPRESSIVE.
im-pres-sion-a-ble: imˈpreSH(ə)nəbəl/adjectiveadjective: impressionable1. easily influenced because of a lack of critical ability.
easily influenced because of a lack of critical ability.
ERLaw14, BSN, RN
You mean trying to look IMPRESSIVE.I think EKG courses will help. Try to gt transferred to a telemetry floor. while med surg is a plus you need some experience in critical situations and the care for the critical patient.
Oops! Sorry for that error. I wrote it in a sleepy state of mind! Thanks for replying you are my idol haha! I would try but that floor is extremely hard to get on. We can receive telemetry patients and I usually step up and take them when the rare chance happens.
any chance of getting a part time or per diem gig in another ED or critical care setting? maybe at a smaller hospital?
I've looked actually and unfortunately no but I keep looking! Seems like people want a year in or they like their transfers too. So I am just trying to take advantage of being certified and whatever else it takes to get there until my year is up.
Definitely get PALS too. Take TNCC while you're waiting too. It'll help your resume stand out. Also consider joining ENA and getting involved in your local chapter bc chances are the people in the committee work in ERs near you! Great way to network and also stay up to date!
You are an angel! Thank you that is what I was looking for! You guys rock! I will definitely get in touch!
If you consider PALS I suggest taking ENPC. Emergency Nursing Pediatric Core Curriculum. I caution you about TNCC without some ED experience it can be overwhelming.
If a nurse does not have ED experience, my hospital will only hire them into fulltime positions. My manager believes part time and per diem positions do not provide enough consistent experience for someone that has never worked in the department and therefore does not benefit the department or the employee.
Hey ESME12! I did read into that and seen how hard the courses can be and they usually recommend 2yrs ER beforehand. Between signing up for what I can. I am taking the extra in reading anything I can pertaining critical care. Once again thank you all! I just needed the direction in what to help myself stand out for the position when and if it comes open when my year is up.
It all sounds like over kill to me, but whatever... I have yet to know of an ER that doesn't need nurses. Sounds to me like you are trying to build up your resume to make it appear as if you have way more experience than you do. I don't really see anything wrong with your plans, except that it's totally unnecessary. Let the ED that you get hired in pay for all that training. They are more than happy to do it! I guarantee you that the most important thing to those doing the hiring is that you have the right attitude when you walk into that interview! i.e. eager to learn, energetic, and 100% confident that you want to be an ED nurse!
Thanks utadahikaru! I realized I won't go overboard maybe a couple basic certs and you are right the energized attitude when interview time comes or if it does!
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