I have completed 1 year in a telemetry floor. I s/w the Manager of the SICU floor stating my interest in learning critical care skills and moving onto ICU eventually. Since she new me as her student when I was in the Nursing program she whole heartedly agreed and told me which hospital classes to sign up for. She also said she would set me up for orientation with a preceptor on SICU. I went and talked to my Director of tele and he flat out said NO. I said if you don't want me to train there atleast let me take ICU classes and he said those are only given to ICU preceptees. I then said can I atleast float to other tele floors so that I can learn and get good practice with vents, trachs, etc and he said NO. I understand that his job is to keep the tele floor staffed but honestly the hospital's staffing issue is not my problem. I need to be concerned with learning as much as possible because I already know I don't like telemetry and don't want to get stuck here.
Currently I am applying to other hospitals to see if I can get into a new grad ICU program. It's kind of funny because I apply weekly to different hospitals and get rejection emails on a regular basis. Obviously because hospitals are requiring that your resume be entered into online system candidates without experience are being weeded out. Hence my resume never gets seen by recruiters. I have tried walking into HR at hospitals however they constantly kick me out saying apply online.
My question is what kind of Critical Care certification can I get besides CCRN and PALS (I am working on this one) in order to be seen as a unique candidate? I have come to realize that this maybe my best way to get my foot in the door.
Any help is appreciated. Thank you in advance