I have 15 yrs CCU/ICU experience and started out in CCU from the start. The first advice I normally give to GNs is that externship and internships are what YOU make of them as it is designed to be a learning experiences, so get the most out of them. If done correctly you will learn more in those few monthes than you did throughout your entire nursing program. Secondly, and this is just my opinion, if you have adequate time mangement skills, go
ICU/CCU first. You will learn more patho and pharmacolgy during your ICU orientation than you would on a MS floor. If you are afraid of the equipment, do not be, it all helps treat the patient and becomes your friend very quickly. If you are afraid of your patient CODING, again don't be, if it happens you will have more help at your bedside than you may want. Lastly, and this was a no brainer for me, would you rather have 5-8 patients on a MS floor with call bells going off or 1-3 ICU patients. Also you actually get to spent more time with your patients and know there health problems backwards and forward.