Quote from Eastcoasticubound
Hi, new to site, but appreciate all the info I've received.
My questions is this:
in today's job market of summer 2011, is it possible to get an ICU job as a new grad? Friends tell me to hold out, but all hospitals are telling me they don't hire into ICU and must be med surge. The BIG PROBLEM is that my friend (exp nurse) tells me that once they have you in a unit, it's VERY DIFFICULT to actually end up in ICU. He says its cuz they don't want to pay to retrain you, and to replace you.
Hospitals tell me they only hire into ICU form the inside, but friend tells me it's cheaper for them to hire new grads.
What should I do?
I'd hate to be without a job, but I'd also hate to be stuck at med surge or something not ICU.
Thank you for your thoughts and good luck to all of you!
I started on med surg/onco floor after I graduated in 2009 and that was a night shift. 5 months later my nurse manager started asking everyone who would like to transfer to days, since one of our nurses was not going to come back from maternity. Anyway, the manager had to ask more experienced nurses first (seniority crap) and thank God they refused (due to children and school/babysitter issues) and I accepted it. To me it looked like getting a totally new job with 3 days of transitional orientation. I floated a lot and rarely complained about it (although it wasn't fair to me) but I knew I wanted to end up in ICU so I wanted to float and show other nurse managers I am a pretty good and confident nurse. Although I obviously never floated to ICU, i went many times to Step down unit where ICU is right next to it. I had a chance to talk and see a manager from ICU. Thats how I transfered there (starting next month), in fact the manager asked me if I am interested to work there as one of the positions just opened (of course I accepted). The position is on a second shift, which i dont like but once I get my foot int he door, I know I will make my way to day shift
I have to say it is not hard to transfer, but you have to be very proactive. It may sound stupid but in todays market and hospital politics, you need to make "friends" everywhere, on every floor you go to (or at least dont show them your worse side). I tend to have for example a "poker face" lol and others wont ever see me being stressed or ****** off (although many times i am boiling inside) and they have been telling me compliments about it. They were telling me I would be good in ER or ICU.
People in the hospital know each other and they talk. If you are a good nurse and a great team player, coworkers/managers on the floors will know about it. In fact more you float more advantage you will get out of it. The hospital I work at is not the biggest, it is a community teaching hospital (Magnet). I have to add I have been on med surg/onco for 1 year and 4 months. I have been ACLS certified when I was still a nursing student, but I am not tele certified or anything like that. They will train me there. It doesnt seem like it is a problem for them to train me. To be honest I have to disagree with your friend. To hire a new grad is not cheaper, because they have to train them longer starting with prioritizing, time management etc. ICU definitely prefers to hire someone from inside who has at least some experience with hospital policies, rules, doctors' names etc. It is ALWAYS helpful to start off on med surg floor.