New Grad. Want to work in the ICU - page 3

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Hi everyone. Thanks in advance for taking the time to help me out. Id appreciate any feedback on getting a critical care job after graduation. Im graduating in 2 weeks with my BSN. I had a 15 week externship in a Trauma... Read More


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    For sure it's possible, am Already an ICU nurse for 8 years and never worked in any other unit. No need for ACLS cause usually hospital will pay it for you, but the problem will be finding an employer to hire u as fresh graduate, Which is not mission impossible. You will have to show in the work interview that u have the skills to work there, so try to focus on critical care skills before you apply to any position, good luck
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    Quote from MeganMarie
    New grads do get hired in to ICU, you can do it! I just did! I am a graduate of an ADN program, I passed my exam on the first try two weeks after I graduated, and was the top of my graduating class. I completed my senior practicum in the ICU, and I also was a veterinary technician before I became a nurse. I had great recommendations from my all of my instructors and preceptor. I think that because of my hard work, recommendations, and previous experience in the medical field made me a good candidate for ICU. You can do it, do not let anyone tell you that you can't.
    You can do it. I am still with my preceptor and almost ready to be on my own. When you get in the ICU ask if you can be with a least Three different preceptors cause you will learn more that way.
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    Being a new grad in the ICU is kicking my posterior... but in a good way...
    I feel myself improve slowly... I am just trusting what people say: it gets easier with time!
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    How did you get accepted into an ICU internship with so many new RN grads applying? Just curious, it's so competitive out there. Also, every time I come across a new Rn grad internship, I'm always missing the deadlines. How do you find these internships before the deadlines? I got my ADN may of 2011 and worked as a triage nurse in a GI office which I left after 8-9 months. I'm a still considered a new grad?
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    Can you expand on the critical care skills?
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    Quote from Salim tar
    For sure it's possible, am Already an ICU nurse for 8 years and never worked in any other unit. No need for ACLS cause usually hospital will pay it for you, but the problem will be finding an employer to hire u as fresh graduate, Which is not mission impossible. You will have to show in the work interview that u have the skills to work there, so try to focus on critical care skills before you apply to any position, good luck
    Can you expand on critical care skills?
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    I agree. It is kicking my butt also. I also think that it matters what preceptor you have. The preceptor who will allow you to learn, not be extremely critical and not be so territorial and 'type A' is important for me.
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    It is possible to get into the icu as a GN. I am living proof of that and am almost off orientation in a level 3 NICU (my dream unit). I had some tech experience and completed my preceptorship in a Peds hospital prior to being hired.

    I would definitely recommend applying to hospitals that hire GNs regularly. These hospitals typically hire new grads into speciality units and have the experience to effectively train GNs since they do so quite regularly (quarterly at my hospital). Many of these hospitals have trained staff to precept, classroom/online components, certification courses as well as lab time to learn skills specific to your area of nursing.

    I tend to think that because my area of practice is so specialized, going into med-surg first would not have helped me in the slightest. I sometimes think nursing school was mostly a waste (since it isn't really applicable to what I am doing now) and most of my knowledge is being obtained via on the job training. Having said that my unit seems to prefer hiring GNs over experienced nurses from other departments because they can essentially mold you into the nurse they want you to be. However, I can see the validity of the med-surg/pcu argument on adult units.


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