Nov 10, '12 by Meriwhen Asst. Admin
With the utmost respect, those wanting to go into the ICU as a new grad should first read the many threads in the forums from/about new grads who crashed and burned when they tried to start out in the ICU--many of them were overwhelmed and couldn't handle the pressure. I've never worked medical ICU, but even I know that these patients are the sickest of the sick, and there's little wiggle room for newbie mistakes.
The same applies to psych ICUs (now these I know very well!). Again, sickest of the sick and little room for error...not really the best place for a new grad to start out in.
This isn't to say that new grads can't be successful in any ICU--they certainly can! But be aware that there is an exceptionally steep learning curve ahead of a new grad. Find a new grad program for the ICU, or a place that will offer you a very long orientation.
Hopefully, medical ICU nurses will wander in here to give you more specific info.
Best of luck in your job search
So I know that this thread was from almost two years ago but I was going through my old post and just wanted to give an update. Meriwhen, I know you posted this with respect and I am not insulted or offended in anyway I just wanted to let you know that I was excepted into a nurse internship program in a level one regional MICU. Now a year later I am on our hospitals rapid response team. I just wanted to let new nurses know that if you are dedicated to your career, work extra, study on your days off and pursue all the certs you can it is absolutely possible to be a strong ICU nurse as a new grad.