Hi all! I'm a new grad as of December, and I did an externship in the ICU where I'm currently employed. I love it and want to stay in critical care but... my wife got into grad school in Pittsburgh and we're moving this summer. So I got some questions for any of y'all who work there, have been there, or maybe know what it's like!
1) Good hospitals to work at? A quick google tells me UPMC and Allegheny Health Network are the big ones in town. What's it like to get hired there? What sort of experience do they require? I have looked at job listings but we all know that those don't necessarily actually reflect reality.
2) What sort of credentials or experience might I need? I have my ACLS and five years' experience as a paramedic before becoming a nurse.
b) I did a paid externship with this unit during my final semester of nursing school - that means that in addition to my clinicals on the unit, I did an additional 168 paid hours there, plus many hours of class time from the hospital. This was in place of a conventional residency. Do you think I can put this as job experience on my resume? It might make the difference between having more than 6 months' experience or not.
3) Would being a member of ANA or AACN help me get a job?
4) What are the odds of getting to stay in critical care? I'm aware that I'm really lucky to be in the ICU as a new nurse, and it's mostly because of that externship. It's really important to me to continue on in critical care. If that doesn't look likely, what are some other fields/specialties that would help me acquire complementary skills and experience, or lead back to the ICU?
Thank you all