Were would a entry level RN job be (ED, ICU, etc...)?
For instance, I doubt a new RN would land themself in the CVICU.
Sep 21, '08
Without a doubt a new grad can start in the CVICU. It seems that most hospitals in my area have more job openings for ICU than med/surg so it's easier as a new grad getting hired on an Intensive Care Unit. However most likely your orientation will be longer than an experienced nurse.
Sep 22, '08
I think a lot of it depends on where you live and what the demand is in your area.
For instance, where I live, most New Grads seem to start out with the obligatory year in Med/Surg and move on from there.
Sep 23, '08
I'm starting directly in critical care, and CVICU is an option for me as a new grad (I haven't been assigned to a specific unit yet, it's a critical care internship program). I have a friend who started immediately in ED, and another who was offered jobs in both peds and L&D. Most of my classmates who wanted a specialty found it, but some of us have had to jump through some hoops - for example, I had to wait for the critical care program to start, so it's been almost 2 months since I graduated. Other people have longer commutes than they'd like, or got critical care but not in their first choice hospital.
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