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What are the chances of a new grad getting an ICU position?


October 29th, 2021

These days chances are good that you could get an ICU position. Due to COVID and the nursing shortage, positions that in the past would have been difficult for a new grad are now attainable. Talk to the hospital you are interested in working for and see what they have available and/or what advice they could give.

December 1st, 2021

I got hired into a new grad program for the ICU right out of school, so ICU is really all I know. Don’t listen to older nurses telling you to get floor experience, go for the unit you want. I also do not suggest going into traveling until you have +1 year of experience off orientation, most won’t hire you regardless of job shortages. With that said find a new grad program, the ICU is an overwhelming place to start and new grad programs offer more time, training, and hand holding. 4 years in and I still learning new things all the time.

November 23rd, 2021

I just resigned from an ICU at a nationally recognized hospital to go to a traveling nurse position. I negotiated my conditions and salary based on my ICU experience. They hire new grads. I believe you will have an easier time now. It may be rough, but stick it out.