I am about to graduate from an ADN program. I already have a bachelors in another field.
I love critical care so much, I cannot even describe how much I love it. Due to a tight job market, I was unable to get an ICU internship position. I do have a job on a very busy, high acuity medical/surgical unit.
Do you think ICU managers still hire nurses with med surg experience? Or do you have to have tele/IMC exp? How many years should I work on the med/surg floor before requesting a transfer to the ICU floor?
Also, should I get my BSN, despite having a bachelors already? My eventual goal is to get an MSN, and become a critical care nurse practitioner. Should I get the BSN via one of the online fast track programs, then work on the MSN? I have to have 2 full time years of exp to even apply for the nurse practitioner program anyway.
Thanks in advance for any advice!