Hi there! Congrats on graduating from Nursing School
My first ICU job right out of school didn't go well for a think a few different reasons. #1 I didn't have a very good preceptor and she focused more on what I didn't know that actually teaching me anything. #2 I was still learning the basics of nursing along with what to do in emergent/critical situations. #3 I wasn't really all that comfortable talking with Doctors about things because I wasn't that confident in myself and didn't want them to think I was stupid.
That being said I don't want to discourage you from working in an ICU. Lots of people go straight from school to an ICU position. I'm not saying it can't be done. But for me, it was definitely easier the second time around when I had a chance to work on a tele floor for about a yr and a half. Once I got the basics of nursing down, I absorbed things easier and everything made more sense to me.
No matter what floor you decide to start out on, you will learn alot more than you ever did in school. Just remember you will make mistakes...crap happens, learn from them and move on. And every nurse was new once, although some do forget that.
Keep me posted and let me know if you have any more questions