I started working after my first year of nursing school. I had the first year to adjust to the curriculum and time management skills needed to become a successful nursing student. The second year I was better prepared to implement my newly learned skills and excercise my beginner's critical thinking skills. I took an extern job in ICU and another in Med-Surg. Two different animals!!! I liked ICU better because I was always one on one with a nurse, I got a better idea of the patient's diagnosis and plan of care because we monitored them more closely, and I got to experience things that many of the other nursing students did not. On the Med-Surg floor, I was always assigned a CNA load with about 10-15 patients, was unable to perform/perfect any nursing skills, and didn't get to learn very much about my patient's conditions or treatment plans. But I can give a bath in about two minutes! haha. My ICU experience has been PRICELESS! It has built my confidence, improved my clinical performance, helped me score higher on my tests...I would go for it!