I can definitely see why you would not want rotating shift --day to night and back again. YIKES! I work nights and that kind of messes me up, but if I had to switch back and forth, I'm not sure how my body would like that!
As for starting on a high acuity unit, that all depends on what you think you can handle and how the orientation is. I started as a new grad in a high acuity medical ICU and I have done fine. But I had a really good precepting experience and the culture in our unit is very helpful and 'family' like so lots of support from everybody. At least that's how I've felt as a new grad. Very quickly became a part of the team, and that's the best way to learn and get experience (in my opinion. . . because that's how it's happened for me :spin
But you have to do what you're comfortable with. And honestly, the rotating shift thing would probably have been enough for me to say 'no' to a position if that was the case.
Not sure anything I said was very helpful. I have been accepted to CRNA school and will start this coming school year. Get your experience and apply, even if you think you won't get in. You never know how things turn out :typing: