Break into CC

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by Guest1030824 Guest1030824 (Member)

Hi, I'm hoping someone can give me some advice on what I need to do in order to return to the bedside and get into critical care. My last nursing position was in 2020 in the PCU. I was only there for 4 months to help with Covid patients. Anyway, I've been away from the bedside since. What can I do to get into critical care? Most residency programs want new grads. Any advice?

traumanightsRN

traumanightsRN, NP

Has 14 years experience. 75 Posts

Honestly just apply for any and all ICU positions at hospitals in your area. Over the years I’ve noticed many new ICU nurses are new grads but there are plenty of nurses coming from the floor or stepdown unit as well. Just go for it! You can do this!

Guest1030824

Guest1030824

169 Posts

I'm going to apply to PCU and ICU, and go from there. I guess there is only one way to find out:)

cspringer13, ADN, BSN

Specializes in ICU RN. Has 4 years experience. 12 Posts

I agree, just apply. Many ICU's need nurses and are willing to train. Some nurse experience is better than no nurse experience. It's truly not as difficult as it may seem to get into an ICU. Go for it!

Guest1030824

Guest1030824

169 Posts

Hi, thank you for your feedback. Argh, I really want to apply but I am terrified! I only have two years of MS and I have been away from the bedside for almost 2 yrs. What type of interview questions do you think they will ask? My lack of interview skills is holding me back. I probably would have applied months ago but I can't get past the interview anxiety. I'm going over questions every day, and don't feel comfortable yet. I love learning and I am extremely motivated to learn. Argh. 

traumanightsRN

traumanightsRN, NP

Has 14 years experience. 75 Posts

I have had multiple interview experiences from them asking typical HR type questions to just having a chat with the unit manager. Honestly there is no reason to be nervous. Just tell them you always wanted to work on critical care but couldn’t get a job in an ICU as a new grad. Say you really enjoyed your critical care rotation in school and it is your passion. Say you’re looking for a unit you can grow in and welcome any opportunity to learn and expand your knowledge. You’ll be fine. Trust in yourself! And if all else fails make up a story about a critical care experience LOL.