Critcal care as new grad

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    Is it possible for a new grad from an ADN program to get hired in a Critical Care Unit, now or in the next couple of years? I'm just asking this because I keep on reading these posts about how new grads are not wanted in these type of units, or actually in any unit whatsoever unfortunately
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    Is it possible for a new grad from an ADN program to get hired in a Critical Care Unit, now or in the next couple of years? I'm just asking this because I keep on reading these posts about how new grads are not wanted in these type of units, or actually in any unit whatsoever unfortunately
    Yes it's possible. There are residency programs that are tailored to new grads and a lot have a critical care placement. A lot of the hospitals want BSNs only and I've been turned down quite a bit due or not having a BSN. However, they ARE our there and it also depends on your area. California May be difficult, Oklahoma maybe not so much...? I graduated a little over 6 months ago, have been working in med surg and was just recently offered 3 different ICU internship positions. It all depends on the applicant.
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    It is possible! I have a BSN though...got hired in an ICU shortly after graduating. The manager actually told me they prefer to hire new grads! Good luck - it is possible
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    I'm a recent grad, I do have a BSN, but others that were hired with me have their ADN. I'm at a smaller, semi-rural hospital. I was hired right into the CCU/ICU.

    Maybe look at smaller hospitals? They seem to have greater turnover and need people more.
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    It's possible. I am a new grad, ADN-RN, and am starting soon in the MICU at a teaching hospital, level 1 trauma center, with multiple ICUs.

    Tips: Research the new-grad programs in your area and if possible, job shadow, do observations, or do your preceptorship there. Work hard, ask good questions, and make good contacts. Network DURING nursing school with the nurses on your assigned units, and prove yourself to be a worthy candidate through grades and clinical performance.
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    It is definitely possible. I graduated in May of 2012 from an Accelerated BSN program. Started a new grad internship in a CVICU at a large hospital immediately after graduation and just got accepted to CRNA school! Definitely look for hospitals offering new graduate internships. If you can get a job in a hospital as a tech, even better. I arranged shadowing in the CVICU I work in prior to interviewing for the internship. I made it a point to introduce myself to the Nurse Manager and all of the nurses I met that day. The opinions of the staff nurses can go a loooonnngg way in landing an internship. Good luck!
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    I graduated in May 2013 and I went straight into a Cardiac PCU unit with is a step down but still considered critical care at my hospital. And right now I only have my ADN but I am getting my BSN in a bridge program
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    Many new grads have been accepted into our ICU, though it is a smallish hospital. However, we do take open hearts and stuff--so it isn't an "easy" ICU.

    I started after a year of med surg right along with some new grads, and I can tell you that I didn't feel that my med-surg experience gave me any advantage over them except perhaps a little edge in my time management skills and familiarity with charting. I'd say that the most important thing is making sure that you get a good orientation or residency and learn who are the best resources on your unit to seek help from.
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    Yes. I just graduated with an ASN. My advice is to find a nurse extern job in a hospital that you would like to be at. I nurse externed during my last semester of nursing school and was hired into an RN position before graduation into the Critical Care Unit pending passing boards. I am now an RN and orienting to the unit. I also had virtually no work experience except for my extern position. I am 21 years old, so yep new grads and even babies like me can be hired into a unit following graduation. Nurse residency programs are the way to go. You just have to start the hunt early. Good luck!
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    It's possible, but not recommended. New grads need to spend a year on the floor. ICU and ER nurses give floor nurses a hard time but it IS a very hard job. They need to remember. If they never worked there then they can't relate. Every nurse should spend a year on med/surg or tele, makes no difference. Ask an ICU nurse to manage 4 or 5 patients, AAAAHHHH!!!! I've been a nurse for 10 years and an ICU nurse for 9 years.


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