First time I worked ICU, I didn't tell anyone. Almost 3 yrs later after coming from the ER, I made my director aware and she was supportive. I put in the work, got my CCRN, volunteered for the hardest pt, helped teach review classes, got the opportunity to be charge nurse and took CABG/balloon pump/Impella.
I have to say that when I applied, it wasn't common knowledge. People only found out after I got in. For the most part, everyone has been supportive and genuinely happy for me. My first time in ICU they hated the idea of new grads in ICU so my goals didn't get into the air. I didn't talk about it. As someone said before, feel out your environment before you open your mouth because some old nurses take it personally and make it a vendetta to block your progress. I was blessed to not have had that type of atmosphere. Look out for yourself and be true to your aspirations. No one cares when people go on to be NPs as much as it hurts when they hear CRNA for some reason. IDK why it stings more.