I was one of those new grads who went straight to ICU at a hospital with an internship program, with specific critical care classesfor all new grads working in the ICUor the CCU. I was on orientation for over 4 months longer than the other new grads who had worked there as ICU TECHs. Though I was never given a "lighter" assignment because I was a new grad. I still had to deal with the attitude of the doctors and residents esp the interns who started a month after me and acted like they new everything. I was the first out of my group to do charge, take a fresh open heart, ( it was a trauma/surgical/open heart unit). I had more problems when I moved to another city and went to a CVICU where my preceptor wrote me up because according to her I didnt bath my patient in her words I didnt get all that betadine off the guys chest who had only been out of surgery for less than 6 hours. I felt like a new grad and needless to say I left that hospital after 6 months. I precept all our new employees to our ICU most have no experience. I dont give them light assignment. They will not and cant learn to priorize and gain cirtical thinking skills if they are babied along. They may get one heavy pt and one that should transfer out. But after the first day, they do it all..charting, medications and I assist where needed.