I say go for it. I went straight to icu out of school. I had not even worked as a tech anywhere first. I just knew that the icu looked more interesting and that I thought if I really liked it, it would give me a better idea of whether crna school would be a possibility. When I started in the icu, I truly didn't know squat but the theory, etc. I had learned in school. Now, a few years later, and I start crna school this August. I agree with the other posts about good preceptors making all the difference. I had a few that had the old "sink or swim" way of doing things and, luckily, I had a few preceptors that genuinely took an interest in showing me the ropes. I have been a preceptor for a couple of years now, and I always encourage new nurses to come to the icu if they are interested. In my experience, I would rather teach a new nurse who is scared to death and admits they don't know what the heck is going on than work with a nurse who is new to icu and thinks they know everything. Whether a new graduate or a floor nurse transfering to the icu for the first time, I believe the key to success is admitting to yourself and your co-workers, "I need help". Unfortunately, there will always be nurses who hate new grads in the icu and will tell you so at every opportunity. Too many nurses are stuck in the mind frame that if a new nurse doesn't go through the same hell and follow the same route to the icu that they did, they will not be learning as much or be as good a nurse. Ridiculous! Every person is different-this is true whether doctor or nurse, and different people need different styles of teaching, experience, etc. to bring out their potential. I cringe when at three in the morning, here comes the poor resident, dragging themselves to the icu in the midst of a 36 hr stretch. The mentality of "we did it so you should do it" should have been retired long ago. Generally speaking, with physicians it is the long hours during residency. With nurses, it is many things, among them "new nurses do not belong in the icu". I say with the right support and attitude, new graduates can easily succeed in even the busiest icu (I did). So, to sum up, if you really want it, do it. Go in with the right attitude. Admit that you don't know much, but are desperate to learn. Good luck!