I have been getting mixed messages about when to apply to a program. I have almost one year ICU experience now and have a good bonus in my contract if I stay until the end of September 2011 (another 2 years). Some people say, apply for the next class because the chances of getting in the first time you apply is slim. Then apply the next year to start after my three year contract is up.

Is this the way to go? What if, miracle of miracles, I get accepted the first time?

Help, please.