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do you think a year of med surg and a year of acute dialysis will make a nurse eligible to get into an icu? 

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Gracefully Saved has 4 years experience as a ADN and specializes in ICU.

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It might. I got into the icu straight out of nursing school. Just depends on the unit.  I harm in applying though!

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myoglobin has 11 years experience as a ASN, BSN, MSN and specializes in ICU, trauma, neuro.

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You may find that it is easier to apply into ICU at a different hospital than the one you are currently at. This is because hospitals hate to lose people who "can and will" do their jobs. This is frustrating when you are working towards a  goal (getting into ICU in your case) and someone straight out of nursing school is hired into ICU rather than someone who has "put the time in " at the facility.  One of the advantages of union facilities is that contracts usually specify that positions be awarded on the basis of seniority unless there is an overriding reason to do this.  

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Nurse SMS has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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It has been my observation that once you go into dialysis, unless you have significant acute care experience prior, its very hard to ever get out of it again.

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RK1212 has 1 years experience.

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Hi there! Started my nursing career in an ICU and now going on 2 years! My hospital specifically tries to hire internally from the other units before hiring outside RN’s, but every hospital is different. Congrats on your decision to move to the world of ICU Nursing! It’s really fun and fast and crazy but if anything I wish that I had a year or 2 of medsurg nursing before I did this because it would have made an easier transition but I could not be happier! Good luck!

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