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Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:01 pm Last edited Jan 13, 2015, 10:25 pm Update #1

Hi all, I have recently been accepted to work as a Graduate Enrolled Nurse in ED (I didn't even think they took Grad ENs in ED). I was mentally prepared for being accepted to work on a ward, feeling comfortable with knowing the general "flow" of wards... But I have not had any experience in ED, except for only as a patient. I know this hospital will teach me all I need to know, but I would like to learn as much as I can prior to starting work. I might add, this is a major public hospital in WA. Any information would be greatly appreciated!! :-) 

modified: Tuesday 13 January 2015 10:27:04 pm - kate_86



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Feb 18, 2016, 01:55 am

Hi Kate, this probably isn't the reply you are looking for. I am looking at getting into EN and I want to end up in ED. I was just wondering what responsibilities you have as an EN and how emergancy is from your point of view. 



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Feb 05, 2017, 03:01 pm

Hi Kate, I see your post is from 2 years ago but thought I would post anyhow in case anyone else comes along reading the question and wondering the same  thing.  ED Nursing is FANTASTIC!  In a sense, you almost work autonomously in the ED - you are allocated to areas, eg, ED obs ward, section one, after hours GP type area etc.  You take on the patient load that you like ie., not like wards where you take 6 patients and don't have a choice in the matter.  I too am surprised that they take Graduate ENs in ED - they certainly don't in the hospital I work in (tertiary hospital in Perth, WA) - I am assuming you are in a remote or rural area such as Laverton?  ED nursing is the same as wards in that it can be very hectic, and it can also be very slow; in particular when a priority one comes in, people get pulled from the floor to assist in resus and if you are out on the floor, you end up with an heap of patients.  Some people love ED, some are terrified of it - I usually find the people who don't "like ED" are people who have never tried it.  You will still get your strong personality type nurses who most people find less desirable, but most are very pleasant and extremely helpful.  You need to be able to think on your toes, i.e., not wait for someone to tell you to do a UA but rather just do it knowing that the person possible has a UTI etc., so ability to think outside the box and be independent is helpful.  Everyone who I have known who has gone from the wards to ED have stayed in ED!!!  I imagine you are well and truly on your way now but for anyone else who is wondering and contemplating, don't be frightened, give it a go and have confidence in your skills.  Good luck everyon