I'm a new ICU nurse, and even I think this is scary. I suggest just get the regular position and not the charge. I dont think it matters very much if you were charge or a staff nurse in a CRNA application. As long as you got the solid years of experience. Im on orientation and my preceptor is the charge and she KNOWS A LOT. She also gets at least one of the hardest patients, usually gets the admissions, shes the patient advocate and the nurses' advocate, she has super assessment skills and critical thinking. she handles a lot of the floor's responsibility, shes the team leader and shes also like a bouncer, if you compare ICU floor to a club. it is a serious task.
Me being new, wouldnt be so comfortable having a charge who isnt really that reliable just because you dont have the proper experience. I feel like youre just like me, a new icu nurse.
sure, you had leadership in other fields, but ICU is different. you have so much past achievements, but every time you switch careers, you start over from scratch sometimes. so, just get staff ICU position and get experience then apply for charge later.
what i learned, is employers will say whatever just to have their checklist done. the people who hire you are the floor directors and managers. sometimes the employers are desperate and theyll say whatever to get you to come to them and hire you. and if for some reason you do get hired as charge, which youre not ready for.
sometimes you bite off more than you can chew and you end up risking your reputation and credentials because the employers goaded you. HR people know nothing about nursing...