I graduated in May and began an internship in June. The internship was a mix of OJT with a preceptor and classroom time. We had classes on equipment, codes, pharmacology, all the hospital policy and procedures, etc. We also had to attend an ethics course.
I have BLS but am required to have ACLS within 6 months of being in the unit, for me that is in December. I also have to take an IABP class.
I feel that the internship was more than adequate and I learned SO very much, but I have SO very much more to learn. Some days I feel confident that I am getting it and learning and other days I feel I am just keeping my head above water. The best advice I could give...ASK!! The nurses you work with expect it and KNOW you will not know everything, they would rather you ask than hide mistakes. (The hiding mistakes happened with one of the new grads I began with..she is now reorienting after some pretty big med errors. If it doesn't work and she doesn't take responsibility of her actions, she has said they will place her outside the unit.)
I think working in a critical care unit is do able, but it takes everything I have for the given 12 hours and I question myself constantly. I am so thankful for the wonderful co-workers I have as resources, they are really supportive!!
Hope this helps, best of luck to you too!!