Jan 21, '03
Its a good idea to start out with in a less specialized place to get comfortable being an RN & learning to put what school taught you into practice before going into a higher-stress specialty. Maybe a position on a regular pediatrics or a mother/baby unit would be a good place to get your foundation, learn organziation & managing pts. Then once you master the basics of caring for babies, transfer to the NICU. You'll have a better chance of getting the position if you have some related experince caring for babies. If you want to work with adults, speaking as an ICU RN, I honestly believe, youll be shortchanging yourself if you dont first allow yourself a solid med-surg background & working fundamentals on a med-surg unit before going into ICU. It will be easier on you if you have an understanding of & experience in managing med-surg pts first. Maybe you dont need that so much in the OR but its best to ask an OR RN about that. My hospital doesnt hire new grads into the critical care units or NICU but they have hired new grads into the OR once or twice. About job opportunites - check out the American Journal Of Nursing Career Guide Special Issue (Jan 2003) at your local hospital library if you dont have a subscription to AJN. There were some hospitals highlighted in Los Angeles for job opportunities, including a big write-up on available positions at Cedars Sinai.
Last edit by -jt on Jan 21, '03