Quote from Wormie
After completing your nursing fundamentals class you can work as a nursing assistant in the hospital setting. In fact, I would strongly advise you do this because it will help set you up for employment as an RN once you have completed your education. I wish I had done this. I am a new RN and despite doing an externship, I am unable to find a job. Don't believe the media hype about the nursing shortage. If I were you, I would look into some of the allied health fields (occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, surgical tech, ultrasound tech, etc.).
Surgical techs are actually very highly skilled and go through about a year of full time school and clinicals to get certified. Their program has many of the same prereqs as nursing.
Respiratory therapy techs are also highly skilled professionals and are able to do things that are outside of the RN's scope of practice, like arterial sticks.
Radiology techs -- again, highly skilled professionals. I believe they have a 4-year degree in order to practice.
Ultrasound techs also have lots of training. I don't work with them as much, so I'm not sure what their training entails, but I believe there is a degree and certification to go along with it.
My point is, the word "tech" does not mean unskilled or uneducated. It does require training and would not be appropriate for someone without training or experience.
OP, it sounds like you are looking for a way to get your foot in the door for a critical care environment when you graduate from nursing school. You might see if you can find a job as a unit clerk in an ICU or ED. I was a unit clerk in college, and i think it is one of the hardest positions on a unit. I really does prepare you for the hectic pace of a critical care environment and helps you to develop good time management, organizational, and prioritization skills, which most new grads struggle with.