I found out yesterday that I wasn't considered for an interview in any of the ICU's I had applied for. I have worked in this hospital for almost 3 years, and wanted to stay to complete a new grad crtical care residency (8months). The program is highly selective and they accept up to 20 people. I knew that it would be competitive, but I am devasted that I wasn't offered an interview in ANY of the areas I chose (7 different areas, some were step downs). My recruiter informed me that my choices are now: Dialysis, OR, Med-Surg, or Orthopedics these aer the only areas of the hospital with openings. She informed me that the ICU managers look for people with some ICU experience, and if I were to get my perceptorship in an ICU, I should call her back because I may be considered at that point?? I feel like an idiot because I put all of my eggs into one basket thinking I would be at least considered because I have been loyal to this hospita (current employee)l, but at the end of the day it means nothing. I was upfront with the nursing recruiter, and said I am not interested in any of those areas, but will be willing to interview in Dialysis and Med-Surg, IF they were interested in me. Further more I contacted the Nurse educator about the program a few weeks ago asking her to be upfront about the lack of new grad positions and the effect it would have on the program because I felt like I needed to explore other options, etc. She didn't answer me upfront. I guess I am hurt because I wish I had applied to other places sooner. We are 30 odd days from graduation and now I am stuck. I feel like crap, and I am really starting to question my nursing career.