Critical care experience

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    I will be graduating and ADN program in December, my end goal is to become a CRNA. As far as I understand, I need a minimum of one year critical care experience. I have a long road ahead of me, where should I focus my efforts initially to give me the best experience so I can get that critical care job? Medical floor, surgical, floor, OR?
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    I would say med-surg or tele. OR is highly specialized and I haven't seen people with OR experience come to the ICU. I am not sure if that is because they really like OR and don't want to leave it though.
    good luck.
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    I'm interested in the responses as well
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    Definitely med-surg or tele, ICU stepdown if you can or ER.
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    where do u live? some areas will hire new grads in the icu, especially if u have experience as a tech (cna) or some other kind of healthcare experience: EMT, military medic, EKG tech, etc... personally, if i couldnt have landed a new grad icu job, i would have tried (in the following order):
    1. ER
    2. Step-down
    3. Tele
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    I agree with what Fumanchueday said. Also, look for ICU residency programs. I was hired into a 5 month ICU internship at a trauma I with an associated degree, and no CNA experience. I believe there is a thread on allnurses regarding different hospitals that offer internships. Also, some hospitals will hire directly into the ICU and train on the job (non-internship). Good luck!
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    CRNA schools want to see ICU experience. That means either SICU or MICU. Try your hardest to get into one of these departments. I am in the same boat as you!
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    Quote from CPhT2RNstudent
    I agree with what Fumanchueday said. Also, look for ICU residency programs. I was hired into a 5 month ICU internship at a trauma I with an associated degree, and no CNA experience. I believe there is a thread on allnurses regarding different hospitals that offer internships. Also, some hospitals will hire directly into the ICU and train on the job (non-internship). Good luck!
    Hey what hospital did u get the internship at? Upon graduation I plan to get into rn residency programs preferably in the ICU to become a CRNA. I have some healthcare experience with a BS in Health Ed & Behavior and year full time internship with the dept of surgery at UF <<<Idk if that counts as experience
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    University of Utah. Also never mention CRNA school in the interview. No one will hire you.
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    Thank you for all your input!!


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