Hi, new to site, but appreciate all the info I've received.
My questions is this:
in today's job market of summer 2011, is it possible to get an ICU job as a new grad? Friends tell me to hold out, but all hospitals are telling me they don't hire into ICU and must be med surge. The BIG PROBLEM is that my friend (exp nurse) tells me that once they have you in a unit, it's VERY DIFFICULT to actually end up in ICU. He says its cuz they don't want to pay to retrain you, and to replace you.
Hospitals tell me they only hire into ICU form the inside, but friend tells me it's cheaper for them to hire new grads.
What should I do?
I'd hate to be without a job, but I'd also hate to be stuck at med surge or something not ICU.
Thank you for your thoughts and good luck to all of you!