i graduated in may 2009 and have been working on a renal transplant/nephrology unit since july 09. my goal is also to move to the icu and nephrology is a good place to start.
esrd pretty much affects your whole system and offers a solid nursing foundation. on my unit we see lots of transfusions, electrolyte/fluid imbalances, post-surgical care from transplants/biopsies, arf, on and on. also general med-surgy, like chf, ami, malignant htn, and randoms who couldn't get beds on the units where they belong. also the standard amount of nursing home patients, crazies, and drug abusers. i cannot believe how much i have learned since i started working and also imo it's good to start on the floor before moving to an icu because you see more and learn time management.
for my interview, it was basically like any other. give me an example of how you have handled a situation in which people disagreed. why are you right for this position, etc. maybe just be honest and say i want to eventually go to icu and am very interested in learning about f & e and acute illness and could learn a lot from this floor. if you want to learn, a manager will probably love you. good luck, let us know how it goes.
edit: lol i'm also a "ghost" on allnurses and rarely post but always read...just noticed your original post was march 16! how did it go?