Im a new grad and just started in the MICU. Before even stepping a foot on the unit I have been in the class room. First week was hospital orientation with check offs on skills, math, rhythm strips, etc. Now Im in a critial care class learning all kinds of things for the next two and a half weeks. After that I will be with a preceptor for about 6 weeks. You will never be thrown out there! I was told that if after my 6 weeks I was comfortable it could be extended until I was.
Right now alot of hospitals in the Bham area arent hiring but I think that will change soon. But incase that happens when you start looking remember to think outside the box! I ended up driving 45 mins to the hospital in the next town. Its been great and I love the people I work with! I wish you the best!!