Starting out in Tele gives you a leg up on the competition for the TICU positions. TICU is competitive and there are fewer of those jobs; They are going to take people who have floor experience first. It's also beneficial if you are working for the facility that has the TICU position as they will undoubtedly give preference to in-house candidates.
Unless your geographic area has a dearth of applicants with experience, it is very hard to get into an ICU as a new grad unless they have a critical need and or you are an impeccable applicant with intangibles out the wazoo. You'll need at least one year floor experience at minimum before they even consider you for TICU. I have 10+ years experience in ER and ICU float and I still need my sh_t together when I apply to TICU . :-)
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