Any advice on how to get a critical care spot as a new grad? - page 2

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I graduate in 10 months and was wondering how to prepare myself so I have the best possible shot in getting hired right away in critical care....Thank you :)... Read More


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    Quote from Blondie24
    I just graduated and interview yesterday for a position in Critical Care. I was hired for the position today! This particular offered an internship while I was in nursing school, which I participated in. Having your foot in the door and maintaining your contacts is essential! I also did hospital volunteer work, flu clinics, etc.

    I maintained a 3.7 GPA throughout nursing and had several instructors write a letter of recommendation. Both of this help, as well. Also, get certified before graduating.....BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP, Stroke certification, EKG. Anything that will make you stand out.

    Good luck, hope this helps.
    Apparently, I can't type today though. Sorry for the poor grammar and punctuation. I'm tired, LOL
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    What is the difference between internship and externship and how do you get them? Is internship like being hired by a hospital's newgrad program, and externship is like observing while still in school?? when u graduate it becomes internship? And perceptorship is part of an internship/newgrad program? Do you get paid when doing externship or internship?
    Last edit by bsnwnab on Aug 25, '11
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    I agree with all. You need to get as many certs as you can. BLS, ACLS, PALS, stroke etc... this shows you are motivated to learn new things and puts you a step ahead of other new grads applying. attemp to get some type of job where you have hospital experience. Try to get you preceptorship hours for nursing school in a critical care area. Express a great deal of interest if you get an interview there. Dress and act prosfessional in the interview which goes without saying. Try and get your name circulating through the ICU somehow maybe you know someone that works there. Maybe someone you know knows someone that works in ther and can put in a good word for you. Do anything you can if thats where you want to work. More than anything I do strongly suggest you get as many certs as possible. take an arrythmia class and a 12 lead class, get that acls and bls. that should help
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    I don't know about getting all of those certifications ahead of time. If the manager and CNS likes you, then they will train you the way they want. I've seen plenty of new nurses come into the ICU all gung-ho, take all the transplant classes, CVVH, IABP, LVAD, etc as fast as they can, get the sickest patients right up front ... and guess who's the first one's out the door? Get your BLS, perhaps EKG and/or 12 lead, and leave the rest up to the hospital. You may be good at trying to show that you're 'book smart', but it takes a lot more than that to survive in a tough ICU. My .02.


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