Coming to the end of nursing school and of course the next big question is, “Where in the heck do I work?” I am a new grad but have worked in the medical field for 10+ years. I have been offered a new grad position in the Medical ICU department. Do you feel that new grads should be in a specialty unit like an ICU or ED?
Just my .02 cents worth and I am not seeking flak for my thoughts- It all depends on the nurse. I graduated as an RN and my first job was triage nurse in an ER because that’s what they needed. I will share with you that it was a pretty steep learning curve and you didn’t always have the advantage of tagging up with an experienced mentor when the workload was high….no, let me change that to “when the work load was unbelievable”. Most of the old hands would step in to help one of their own but be warned, this isn’t the TV show, this is the real world of ER and you have to have your stuff together and know what you are doing to be there. If you are not helping in an emergency that is in progress, then you are in the way of those who are helping.
I went from 25 years as a military pilot to becoming a registered nurse and have been an RN for 22 years. There can be some attention getting moments in military aviation and in an ER , some situations can be even more stressful and demanding than those in aviation.
One of my ER mentors once said to me ” If you have never thought to yourself ‘If one more d –n thing walks through that door, I am leaving’, then you haven’t worked in an ER”. She followed that with “You don’t leave, you deal with it.” She was one of my favorites and darned good at her job.
My opinion- You are better off working as an RN in an ER or ICU scenario if you have some good, solid Med Surg experience under your belt…….not a must, but it can be very helpful.
Awesome .02 cents! Thank you so much!
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