I want to find a long ICU internship, but... - page 2

by SLH16

It seems they all require you to have a BSN. I am currently in an ADN program. I have all the general eds for a BSN, just not those few extra classes required for a BSN. I REALLY want to go into ICU, and I don't want to go... Read More


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    Quote from slh16
    it seems they all require you to have a bsn. i am currently in an adn program. i have all the general eds for a bsn, just not those few extra classes required for a bsn.

    i really want to go into icu, and i don't want to go into medsurg. i feel i will learn much better in a great and long (6months+) icu internship straight out of school, than to go to medsurg for a year, then get thrown into icu with possibly only a few weeks of orientation or whatever. as i've heard medsurg and icu nursing can be so, so different. i've also heard that many prefer to orient new grads than those with medsurg experience because of "bad" habits they learned in medsurg.

    so..my question is, when i finish my adn, should i just not work as an rn while getting my bsn? i see all of these internships are only for new grads.

    i don't believe it is fair or smart that all of these internships accept only bsn grads, when being a bsn grad is not a determining factor of how good of a nurse you will be compared to an adn grad. it depends on the person.

    thanks!
    orientation in my icu is approximately 6 months for new grads and a bit less for experienced rns with no icu experience. we do hire adns -- we hired any qualified candidate we can get. med surg is quite different from icu, but it gives you good basic nursing skills that will serve you well through the rest of your career. and having experience -- any kind of experience -- makes icu orientation ever so much less stressful. it also makes you a better icu nurse and less apt to burn out.

    my hospital does offer "internships" for new grads only. the only thing different that new grads get is a year of special classes geared toward reality shock -- sort of like counseling. but all new grads at my institution get that. not just icu.
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    glad to know there are are 6 month ICU orientations out there for new grads!
    thanks for the responses!
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    If you are interested in indentured slavery then the University of Utah Critical Care Internship is right for you and the best way to staff all of it's ICUs as you are mandated to float whenever they need you, novice ICU nurse! At the start of this internship you will be praised for your competitive application and how lucky you are. Someone will come into the orientation room and casually hand you a contract which they throw a pen at and wisk away just as quickly. THIS CONTRACT IS LEGALLY AND FINANCIALLY BINDING FOR $16,000. You cannot leave this hospital for a full 2.5 years without fully paying this FEE, or else hospital collections will be after you. This hospital is charging new nurses $16,000 for training most other institutions offer at no charge. Also, the training that they are offering is REQUIRED by JHACO anyway. This internship is the most ruthless, BS scam ever. Nurses are not happy at this hospital, or living in this polluted, in-your-face religious state.
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    Quote from arcticsun
    If you are interested in indentured slavery then the University of Utah Critical Care Internship is right for you and the best way to staff all of it's ICUs as you are mandated to float whenever they need you, novice ICU nurse! At the start of this internship you will be praised for your competitive application and how lucky you are. Someone will come into the orientation room and casually hand you a contract which they throw a pen at and wisk away just as quickly. THIS CONTRACT IS LEGALLY AND FINANCIALLY BINDING FOR $16,000. You cannot leave this hospital for a full 2.5 years without fully paying this FEE, or else hospital collections will be after you. This hospital is charging new nurses $16,000 for training most other institutions offer at no charge. Also, the training that they are offering is REQUIRED by JHACO anyway. This internship is the most ruthless, BS scam ever. Nurses are not happy at this hospital, or living in this polluted, in-your-face religious state.
    *** Wow, only 2.5 years and only $16K? How do they get ANYONE to finish the contract with such a low barrier to leaving?
    Other than having a low pay out and being a short contract seems pretty standard to me for those who accept high qualiety intensive care training as new grads. JHACO does not BTW mandate such training. The U of U could do like many (most) hospitals and choose not to give new grads an oppertunity to become ICU nurses right away.
    My only suprise is that with a pay out of only a measly $16K how they get anyone to finish the contract before darting off to CRNA school. My hospital tried a $15K pay off and it didn't even act as a speed bump for the CRNA bound.
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    I agree $16,000 for that type of training doesn't sound like much.
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    If you're willing to move, Marquette General Hospital in Marquette, Michigan, has an awesome internship in critical care. It is 9 months long, and they pay you while your being trained. They also take new grads and ADNs. I did this internship. It was harder than nursing school. I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge. Check them out.
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    The U of U program does sound like a rip-off! My critical care internship is 6 months, with only a 1.5 year commitment, and $9K payoff. Most people stick around, though.


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