I'm a nurse with 4 years of experience on super busy surgical step down unit. Primary patient populations are cardiac surgery and neurosurgery. I love Cardiac surgery and have been itching to take care of these patients in an ICU setting. Do you think my resume will be thrown out because I don't have ICU experience? I have taken care of many patients on postop day#1 after heart surgery (this included Chest tubes, epicardial wires, q1 I&Os, frequent vitals etc, have some basic experience with vents and believe I can do it. I know nothing about vasoactive gtts. I am BLS/ACLS and IV certified as well as tele certified. I'm going back to school in a few weeks for my bachelors. I am ready for the next step, but I don't want to get my hopes up with the job market being so bad. The only thing I can think of is it seems that ICU nurses have a lot of longevity and seem to stay put with jobs...that gives me a tiny bit of hope. Can you think of anything I can do to better my chances? I would appreciate any opinions. Oh! Also, I live in Boston, where everybody and their Mom are nurses, haha.