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if you are going to college to be a RN in an emergency room where should i start, what branch?

im graduating high school in June and im going to nursing school but i dont have anyone to guide me as theres nobody that works in healthcare in my family. ive reached out to a few nurses.

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Marie’s Answer

Hospitals will hire you straight into emergency department. Emergency departments(ED) in large hospitals have programs for new nurses. In Las Vegas it was 'Star' program . The program allows new nurse didactic as well as orientation on the unit. The hospital may have you sign a contract for two years because of the time and money spent teaching you how to be an emergency room nurse. Once in the ED , listen to your preceptor, her guidance will enable you to secede. Take information from anyone offering it. Once off of orientation find a strong mentor. If you are insure about a mentor , go to clinical educator , and see if she could recommend someone. Asking for a mentor shows your desire and eagerness to secede. Normally on orientation you start with more stable patients the work upto more critical patients. Learn medication and treatments for diseases. You will not have time at work, you will have to do it on your time. Do not be to hard on yourself with skills such as venous sticks and IVs. They will come with time. Remember two attempts and let someone else try. If you have more specific questions contract me through her and I will try to answer them. Best of luck. ME

Marie recommends the following next steps:

Have a high GPA
Apply to new grad programs
Ask lots of questions on orientation
Find a mentor
Study(did not end with school)
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John’s Answer

Like you, I had no one in my family or in my circle of friends who had ever worked in healthcare. I had to rely on the kindness of others to answer my questions and I am still appreciative of all of the people who spent hours talking with me and being patient with my many lines of questioning.

Mentors can be found both in your school or program and in the clinical settings you will practice in during your program. Ask lots of questions about why people decided to work in the areas they do. Ask about how it impacts their life outside of work and how they managed any challenges that arose when they started out. Ask them what they enjoy most about the role. Getting conversations like these started can be helpful and get people to open up to you. It will also show them that you are interested in benefitting from their experience and knowledge.

Best of luck to you.
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Lorraine’s Answer

Hi Nevaeh,
As a nursing student, you may work in various departments such as pediatrics, medical/surgical, the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Room (ER), and Obstetrics. When I was in nursing school, some students had the opportunity to precept in the emergency room. As you begin your clinical hours in nursing school, you can notify your instructor of your interests. This can help place you in the right area during your preceptorship. A preceptorship is when you work with an experienced RN to ease you into your nursing role. A preceptorship in the ER while a student may open the door to getting a job as an RN in the ER after graduation. In addition, once you start your new position as an RN, you can connect with other nurses and department managers in order to land the area you wish to work in.

Best of luck
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