Hi! Congrats on passing!
I work on a busy med-surg unit, working straight nocs now, but have done day/noc rotation. I haven't worked ICU, but I can tell you that as a new grad, it might actually be less stressful to only have two very acute patients, to whom you can give your full attention, rather than eight STILL very acute patients for whom you have to spread yourself thin, as it is in Med-Surg. If you feel confident in your knowledge and will have a good orientation, go for it!
As for the day/noc question, I was very lucky in that I had a very knowledgeable nurse with me when I started nocs as a new grad. She literally saved my patient's lives a time or two when I was too ignorant (not stupid, just new) to recognize a decline in my pt's condition. It is true that you have much less support staff on nocs - our house super on nocs is only concerned with staffing and acuities, she's useless as a nursing resource. As a new nurse, you have the potential to be very dangerous if you don't ask questions FREQUENTLY, and if you don't have someone who knows what they're talking about to help you. I graduated ADN at the top of my class, Honor Society, yada yada. Still, I did things as a new nurse that now make me cringe. YOU WILL NEED HELP! On the other hand, noc shift, while it can be just as stressful in that you are more on your own, is usually quieter and less fast-paced than days. There are fewer people (families, ancillary dept.s, DOCTORS) around asking, demanding, and generally distracting you from what you are trying to accomplish, which is pt care! Day shift as a new nurse was particularly frustrating to me because when you're new, you're still idealistic and believe in the holistic approach to pt care, listening, supporting, body, mind, and spirit, etc. Not to be cynical, but the reality is that especially on day shift, you barely have time to make sure the pt is bathed, fed, and received meds and treatments. Holistic care is simply not possible with eight very ill, usually geriatric pts (of course, having eight not terribly ill thirty-something-year old pts is also something to be experienced - ONCE!). Of course, again, as an ICU nurse with 1 to 2 pts to focus on, holistic care may be more possible even on days (although somwhow I doubt it). It is true, though, that on days, you have more accessibility to resource people. I do have to add that I find it easier and faster to reach the docs at night because they're all home in bed, not running around trying to respond to beepers, seeing pts in the office or another hospital, or playing golf