Quote from andie2517
Hi! I am moving to Cleveland in June as a new grad and want to find a job in an ICU. Does anyone have any advice on these hospitals in regard to new grad orientations or critical care internships? Any thoughts on one hospital over the other for a new grad? Or advice on even getting in the door? There are not many jobs posted at this time. I have heard some people say that I should just walk on the floor with my resume in hand and ask to see the nurse manager, has anyone had any luck with this approach? Thanks for any advice or information that you can offer!
I was a new BSN grad and I was hired into the CVICU at CCF. I had no connections. Matter of fact I worked for UH. I posted my resume online at CCF website, a week later I had an interview with 2 managers. ICU and SDU. I figure if I could not get into the ICU I would settle for SDU and reapply/transfer to an ICU after a year of experience but at least I would have my foot in the door. I hired a week after my interview. I had only been out of school for two months at that point. That was back in 2009.
I think with the economy jobs are hard to get because 1. layoffs/budget cuts 2. people know this so they hold onto their jobs 3. its easier to offer xtra hrs than to hire a new person with perks and benefits. (since many RN's work 12-36 hrs).
Walking in with a resume in hand and up to a manager isn't really realistic. Most managers are in meetings, are patrolling the units doing audits, staffing, handling issues etc. They are not even readily available to us which is why they carry pagers and cell phones. This is why they have the HR hiring process because they MAKE TIME for that.
My advice is to have a good resume. List relevant experience and skills (i.e. hospital, nursing, nurse tech, hospital unit secretary, nursing home etc). If you have a good work history that is helpful. Apply for every new grad or ICU position you qualify for. Meaning don't bother applying if it specifically states "at least 1yr exp". If you want ICU keep that at the top of your list but also keep #2 and #3 in mind just in case. Step down units are a good way to learn as a bridge to ICU if that is where you want to go eventually.
Finally don't listen to people saying that you can't get into ICU as a new grad. CCF has a wonderful orientation specifically for NEW GRADS all led by the NURSING EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. If I would have listened to these types of people I would have never made it to where I am now. Been working in the CVICU for almost 2 years and is very efficient at my job. Thousands of people have done it before me and you so don't be discouraged. Just know that it is a learning process that you must be dedicated to.