Hi, I'm a student and just getting started with my first year of college. I have been working on the orthopedic floor of my hospital as a Nurse Tech since June 2003. I never planned on staying long, and I know for a fact I don't want to become an RN there in 4 years. The RN's there go through heck. My problem is that I am pursuing becoming a nurse anesthetist in many many years of course but that is my ultimate goal and I plan on sticking to that. In order to do that I have to become an RN in the ICU, which is of course 4 years away for me. I would like to switch to the ICU now, as a Nurse Tech, to get early experience. My problem is that I have grown close to a couple of people on my floor. Even last night I was talking to my Assistant Supervisor, who is 24 years old, and told her I wanted to eventually become a nurse anesthetist and she said "but then you would have to leave us". I just felt kind of guilty. My other problem is, there is no posting for a Nurse Tech position in the ICU, but from what I've noticed every area in this hospital always needs extra help. Should I put in a transfer application anyways and see what happens? I know I should switch areas as soon as possible because the more experience I have in the ICU, the better off I am. I just need motivation and some advice, if anybody has any. Sorry so long. Thanks!