I'm a fairly recent BSN graduate with a year of experience in a great Cardiothoracic ICU. My year on the CTICU is my only nursing experience, and I would like to apply to FNP school within the next year. Although I'm certain that experience on my unit is the fast track to becoming a CRNA or Acute Care NP, I'm not wondering if it will be considered relevant experience for FNP school. I recently noticed one of the programs I'm considering applying to requires ONE YEAR of primary care experience, which is really what got me wondering if I'm on the right track. I thought ICU experience would be best, because I figured if I could learn to take care of ICU patients as a new grad the challenge would prepare me for FNP school. I've heard ER experience is useful, but I worked as tech in an ER and I loathed it, and the increased patient to nurse ratio intimidates me. I'm happy at my current job but I've always wanted to go back to school quickly, so I'm absolutely willing to switch gears and get different experience if that's what I need to get into an FNP program. My question is, will my CTICU experience be considered relevant for FNP school or do I need to get a primary care or urgent care/ED job in order to have a shot at getting in?