I was a new grad and hired directly into the ICU, we get 6m of orientation( although they took me off early), a floor nurse gets 3months you are also scheduled edu days where you have to do ecco, case studies with other new grads, and days where you learn about sme of the equipment. They do special ACLS classes where there was all new grad ICU ppl in so this way they could explain things more if needed and give us more practice time. I was assigned a primary and secondary preceptor whose schedules i followed and occasionally would get someone else. They gera it so your last 2 weeks you dont really use your preceptor at all and they kinda become a float nurse. They try and give you the sickest pts during your orientation so you are prepared to come off. I can't speak hghly enough of the orientation I got. Most families and pts look at me and think you look like our 16 but you sound so experienced, and really i just had an awesome orientation, with a great preceptor at a teaching hospital. Granted i would go home and study, or study on my days off a little but it was worth it. I know the neighboring hospital who offered me a MICU/CCU job had only a 3month orientation. Each facility is different but ik upstate-western NY hires into the ICU. Goodluck!