I have been an RN for 16 months. I have experience in Med/Surg, Telemetry, Neuro units and Case Management. I was a Licensed Medical and Clinical Social Worker for 12 years, and have always wanted to work in Critical Care, as I feel that my experience as an LCSW in Critical Care areas primed me for this work. Unfortunately, I was not hired as a new grad into the ICU, and it seems impossible to obtain a position if one does not have experience. How can I get there? Any ideas? Thank you
Sep 15, '13
It may just be your location. If you're in a major city, it will be difficult to obtain a position in the ICU due to the plethora of qualified candidates. Would you be willing to relocate? Or, does your hospital offer a critical care residency program for internal candidates with two or more years of med/surg experience? If so, I'd stick around and apply for that.
Sep 16, '13
Try try again. I would think that you would have a better chance in larger hospitals with bigger units. Takes more bodies to staff a 30 or 70 bed ICU than one with 16. I worked in a 36 bed ICU and there were well over 100 RNs on staff.