When did you get your ICU experience?

  1. I would like to work in an ICU and I am just wondering how far into your career were you before you got into your ICU exp. I was hoping as soon as I graduate with my BSN that I might be able to get into an ICU. Do you think its possible for a graduate nurse or probable to get into an ICU?
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  3. by   netglow
    Well, different rules for each facility... Not too many allow new grads to hop in. My thoughts are a good facility would not. You really need some hard experience to tackle ICU. I did some ICU hours this semester... have you while in school? If so, you've probably figured out that you need to really have a good understanding in practice of a few little things like cardiac/respiratory to start. And frankly if I were to be offered an ICU position as a new grad, I'd turn it down and think twice about that facility.
  4. by   Magsulfate
    I had six months of med/surg experience when I went into ICU.
  5. by   Christen, ANP
    I started in the ICUs, but I worked as a PCT for a good year before hiring on there. It's not the place for everyone to start, but it worked out well for me!
  6. by   RNMeg
    I'm also hoping to go straight into ICU when I graduate. I loved my ICU rotation this semester, and I really felt I could learn what I needed to know. My preceptor-for-the-day went straight into ICU out of school..she did her capstone in a CVICU, graduated, took an ACLS class, passed boards, and was hired as a new grad.
  7. by   RNperdiem
    I worked a little over a year before I switched to ICU from med-surg.
    Some hospitals have a dedicated nursing ed. department and are used to orienting new grads and are well equipped to do so.
    When I was a new grad in the 90's, entire hospitals refused to hire new grads for any department.
    In a recession, nursing ed departments are often cut, and new grads have fewer choices on where to start. New grad openings for ICU become scarce.
    A lot depends on the state of the economy.
    Teaching hospitals are a good bet for finding an ICU new grad job.