So i'm a new grad RN, just graduated the first week of May. For my final clinical (as there were to many students to find preceptors for, we had relatively small clinical groups with 5-6 students in each group) I was in the ICU, for 14 weeks I set along side some of the best nurses in the business and helped to take care of critical care patients, I received more experience in those 14 weeks than I did in 2 years of nursing school
. I knew then that I wanted to be an ICU nurse more than anything, i'd been on almost every floor and nothing felt right...but stepping through those doors every day, I felt home...
So of course when that unit had openings for their Critical Care Fellowship (a 14 week class/work experience to get you to understand how the ICU works, as it's completely different from every other floor in the hospital) I applied. I was told that there was nearly 100 RN's, both new grad and experienced, who applied and they were only taking between 10 and 12 people. I didn't feel I had a chance...But I interviewed and did the best I could and waited for over a month before I finally got the call I had so desperately been waiting for! "I'm calling to ask if you're still interested in the Critical Care Fellowship?" of course I cried my eyes out and said, i think screamed, YES!
Now I've just been waiting, 7 weeks, for the start date. Which is in just 2 more weeks! I'm so excited to finally be along side those same nurses and Doctors again, with one of my best friends! (who also got in the fellowship!)
I took the NCLEX last monday and passed! (after 216 horrid questions) so I'm officially an RN and the fact that I got my dream job right out of school has made me one of the happiest new grads out there!
I can't help to boast about it, plus I wanted to encourage those other new/soon to be new, RN's that you can find the job of your dreams, you can be whatever you want to be! never give up!
I also wanted to share how deeply terrified I am of being in the ICU as a new grad O_O working with other nurses and my instructor, under their license is completely different than by myself, with my own license. ICU RN's get to make so many more decisions for their patients, they are with them and really have to understand their condition to an extent that is almost on the Doctor's level of understanding. We truly get to care for our patients without running around trying to pass med's all day. (That is not to say nurses with 6 patients DON'T care for their patients!) This floor is a 2:1 patients to nurse ratio (sometimes 1:1 depending on their condition) and although I feel like i'm ready to jump right in, i'm honestly absolutely terrified.
Has anyone ever been in this position? or at least understands the scaryness and may have some tips for me?