Most ICU's anymore will hire new grads into the unit.
The grads have a longer orientation and training time than another nurse with previous experience. I'll be transfering soon from telemetry and I'll be getting about 12 weeks of training. I don't know how long new grads get exactly....but it's longer than 3 months.
As far as new grads having success with this...it is possible. If you are a fast learner and a very observant person, you could make it happen. Most other nurses may recommend previous experience. I'm a little torn on the subject. I was hired into the OR as a new grad and learned it just fine.....and I also was "advised" by other nurses to get one year of floor experience first.
I went to the floor before ICU because ICU had already hired enough "new grad" level nurses and couldn't handle anymore to train at that time. In a way, I'm very glad that I got the tele experience that I did. I was told that some of the more stable patients I will be seeing are at the level that I've already taken care of on the tele floor.
I was frustrated last year when they didn't pick me up.....but the tele experience sure changed that this year.