I have been an interventional cardiology and critical care nurse for 6 years. The facilities i have worked at do not have an open heart program. I am looking for a facility in central florida who is willing to train experienced nurses in a CVICU. All of the job postings I have run across require at least 3 years of open heart experience. Does any one know of hospitals in central florida willing to train? Thanks.
If you have critical care experience, you may be more qualified for CVICU than you think. It wouldn't hurt to apply, even without the open heart experience. The worst that will happen is that they won't hire you. Good luck.
I would just apply and see what happens, as Ruby Vee said. If you can't get in that way, you could find a hospital with an open heart program, work in ICU or cath lab there, then put in for a transfer to the CVICU after a year. Sometimes internal hires can slide into positions without the experience they require from the outside, especially if you are well liked. That being said, even though they are asking for 3 years of open heart, I'm thinking you will be able to get into a CVICU somewhere with your experience.
I know many people don't like it, but try Florida Hospital, they hire new grads into the CVICU.
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