Okay, I'm sure there are a lot of posts asking a very similar question, but my situation is just a tad bit different and I'd appreciate any opinions.
I'm a "new grad" nurse and I really want to get into critical care. I mean, really.
For some completely crazy reason, my nursing school only rotated us to ICU for 2 days right before we graduated. It was amazing-- way more intense than anything I'd seen before and exactly what I'd had in mind when I went into nursing. I'd previously thought about ICU, but since it's so competitive to start there, I figured I probably didn't have a shot. But it really is the hot spot of nursing to me, so I might as well give it a whole-hearted try, right?
So, here are the things "working against me."
I graduated in December and I am only now starting to apply for jobs, because I've been out of the country for my husband's work. This had always been the plan and dictated my choice in nursing schools because of graduation date. It's nearly done and I can't wait to get home and get on the floor.
I'm pregnant. Yup, 3 months in. I'll be 5 months when I get home and hopefully interview. I understand this may not make me an ideal candidate.
But like I said, I really want this. I would just die to be able to nurse on a critical care floor, or even step down or ER. I want action and experience!!
So, I know these things aren't in my favor but I really do want it badly-- do any of you have any advice about this? What I should be doing in this last 1.5 months that I'm out of the country, to increase my odds at getting a position when I get home?
Do you think it's better to just get a job in med-surg, get experience and then get a critical care position when I'm not prego?