how to get to critical care?

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    Hello,

    I am a recent graduate with A.A.S. Currently, I am studying to take NCLEX. Also, on July 10th I will start my externship on med-surg floor. I am employed as a surgical assistant in private practice for the past 2.5 years.
    Critical care was always my dream job. I have done some research and I clearly see that new grads are not hired in ICU that often. Does anyone have any suggestions how to get to critical care dept? I am willing to relocate. Any suggestions are appreciated.
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    Take an acute care job -- Med/Surg is a great place to start. After you've been there for a couple of years, apply for an ICU job.
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    It doesn't hurt to at least apply for some ICU positions. Some ICU's prefer new grads as they don't *usually* come with bad attitudes or bad habits. It is a lot of work though. If you do get hired into ICU as a new grad, expect to study outside of work every day. Good luck
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    Thank you for your response. I am open to challenges and love to study.I have a hard time finding ICU job opening who does not fill '' at least 1 year of experience'' requirement. Are there any states that have less restrictions to newly graduated nurses?
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    Just apply for some ICU jobs that interest you - my unit hires new grads all the time. I did a year of med/surg before ICU and I will sa that other than time management and a knowledge of different insulin types, nothing in my first year of nursing translated all that much into ICU - it's kind of like starting over.
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    I would apply even if they say they require one year experience. My current (and first!) RN job had this requirement and I was still hired. My nurse manager prefers to hire new grads & train them.. I am on a progressive cardiac unit though, not ICU. Although I do have 2 friends who graduated with me now working in ICU! I am in Georgia and also an ADN grad.
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    Question for you hollykristinxo. Do you know why your manager prefers new grads? I'm assuming she prefers them over experienced nurses. Just wondering because I have 9 years experience and having a tough time getting a job in the icu at my hospital.

    If anyone can give me any feedback, something I can do to increase my chances, please let me know.

    Thanks!
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    I was going to start a thread on this same topic, but my issue is the opposite. I have 2 years of med-surg/tele experience with no classroom training or floor experience in critical care (no stepdown beds on my unit). All the jobs I want in stepdown, ICU or even ED units specify "critical care experience is required" so now I feel stuck. Very frustrating. Any thoughts on how I should apporach this in my favor?
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    Quote from laRN1
    Question for you hollykristinxo. Do you know why your manager prefers new grads? I'm assuming she prefers them over experienced nurses. Just wondering because I have 9 years experience and having a tough time getting a job in the icu at my hospital.

    If anyone can give me any feedback, something I can do to increase my chances, please let me know.

    Thanks!
    I have been told it's because she likes taking new grads and training them to our floors way of doing things & we don't come into it with bad habits. The orientation I got was wonderful and extensive compared to what I have read about on here... We have lots of experienced nurses on the floor too. This is a unit with extremely low turnover, also, so new grads become worth the investment.


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