Becoming a CVICU RN

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    As a new grad with over 8 months experience nursing in a LTAC facility, how does one get on a clinical pathway in becoming a CCU or CVICU RN? What other types of experiece should I seek? I've worked as a medical assistant in a Cardiologist office with over 12 different cardiologist. And as a PCA in the ER dept and some of our busiest ER's.
    Thanks in advance for any and all responses!!
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    As a new grad with over 8 months experience nursing in a LTAC facility, how does one get on a clinical pathway in becoming a CCU or CVICU RN? What other types of experiece should I seek? I've worked as a medical assistant in a Cardiologist office with over 12 different cardiologist. And as a PCA in the ER dept and some of our busiest ER's.
    Thanks in advance for any and all responses!!
    I moved from LTC to Med/Surg first, and was hired into the CCU from the M/S floor. I do know of one nurse who was hired from LTC, but he's really exceptional, and freaking brilliant. I'm no slouch, and was considered to be fast-tracked--was in M/S for 9 months before transitioning to CCU. Most of our CCU nurses did at least 2 years in M/S first. We don't hire new grads into the unit. I'd strongly encourage you to move into Med/Surg ASAP.

    Make it known that you want it. Study your rear end off. Show yourself to be a knowledgeable nurse who does not get frustrated or flapped by either annoying people or medical emergencies.

    Good luck to you.


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