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New grad icu position or residency program?

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by BEERN19 BEERN19 (New Member) New Member

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Hello everyone,

I am a new grad just passed my nclex in June. I currently work at a hospital in Southern California that offers a new grad program however the start date and details have yet to be decided. They’re thinking the new cohort may begin in October-November but it’s not set in stone. However it’s a year long residency program and have heard pros/cons from nurses that completed the program. Obviously I’d love to start here but I don’t like that I’m unsure when I’ll start. I’m still working as a CNA which I can’t complain a job is a job right? 

On the other hand...

I applied to another hospital- it’s much smaller and part of a big corporation where I completed clincials at and landed a new grad ICU position and will begin in August. I know I want to be a critical care nurse and I’m so excited about this opportunity! 

I’ll feel bad leaving my current facility but I am excited to start. Any advice? New grad in the ICU? 

I just need some insight thanks.

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Hey! I recently just got a job in the ICU as a New Grad and my dream has been to be a critical care nurse for a long time! I am also leaving the place that I work at as a nurse assistant but our employers know our end goal was to get an RN job. I just look at it as you're gonna learn from the best of the best on how to be an ICU nurse and then you can go wherever you want and work wherever you want basically! I start in a few weeks, so I don't have much advice to give on anything really. But would love to hear how it'll be from you. Good luck!

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Hi! Congrats on your new job! I appreciate your advice it’s so true! I accepted the offer and will be submitting my resignation letter next week. Please keep me updated on your journey I’d love to hear and I’ll def check back when I start my job. 

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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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You have one life. There is absolutely nothing to feel guilty about. Congratulations on your new job.

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Hoosier_RN has 20 years experience as a MSN and specializes in LTC, home health, hospice, ICU, ER, dialysis.

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Congrats to both of you! I hope that your jobs that you've accepted are everything that you've dreamed of

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