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- Jul 6, '10 by wsarah2107Hi!
This reply may be a bit late--but hopefully can help out some future applicants!
I went through the critical care immersion program--and it is fantastic!! We got amazing orientations and classes. You do not get hired straight into ICU--you will start out on a progressive care floor and after about 6 months or so transition into ICU. The program defintly prepares you well. They usually hire 2-4 people into the immersion program at a time. We were allowed to shadow/precept on each ICU and then pick which one we wanted to go to. I love the unit I work on--my co-workers are amazing and all very helpful. Regions is a great place to work. No complaints!! good luck
- Jul 8, '10 by hopebewildwsarah2107,
did you like working on the progressive units? have you floated to other med surge type floors? I unfortunately missed the opportunity to get into the immersion program. after my internship in a cvicu during nursing school i know that that is where i want to end up so to speak but i would be more than happy working on a cardiac step down or med surge unit for a couple of years first. ive been a cna on med surge floors for 7 years so i know i would like it.
however, i am having a hard time finding a job, (i graduated from nursing school in IL) so i have decided that if i dont have a job within the next month i am going to try to decide which hospital in the area i want to work at the most and volunteer there. so honest feedback would be appreciated thanks!
sorry if this is considered thread hijacking
- Jul 9, '10 by SarahRN85wsarah2107, were you a former employee of Regions before you did the critical care immersion program? Would you mind sharing what you think helped you get your foot in the door for this position?
I have seen this program on the website and am thinking of applying for the fall. I have completed many clinical hours in the ICU and would LOVE to work at Regions!
- Jul 12, '10 by wsarah2107Hello,
I was hired into the immersion program as a new grad, and I did not work at Regions prior (as a PCA or anything). Although its tempting to want to start out right in ICU, I found the program's format to be very good. I started on a telemetry cardiac progressive care unit. Like I said, the classes and orientation as a whole is outstanding. When our census is low, we do have to float to other ICUs or the progressive/general care floors, so I have been to several.
It seems like most of the immersion program RNs were new grads--so not limited to internal applicants.
I'm sorry I can't give much advice on how to increase your odds of getting hired--I'm not sure what exactly they look for--I did not have a nursing internship before, was not a PCA. I had a supervisory position at the job I had throughout college. My cummulative GPA was 3.92, I was in several honor societies, had letters of recommendation from 2 of my professors & I did take a critical care class as an elective my senior year.
Hope that helps, good luck!!