After weeks of poking and proding from family and friends..I can't hide it anymore. I am terrified. In the 4 months since finishing school I have yet to fill out even one application. It's not that I don't want to work or that I'm lazy. I think it's the fact that my clinicals left me scarred. There were so many times my preceptor for the day was catty, rude or downright mean. I've seen nurses talk about their coworkers behind their back, in front of other nurses, students and even patients. Come out of a patients room and leave the door slightly ajar..then loudly tell whoever is closest how crazy or annoying the patient is. I've seen them man handle little old ladies and scared children. I have had one tell me how a patient didn't really want the assistance they had asked for because they were lazy. Looking back just makes me wonder, where did the compassion go? Were these women always this way or did the stress of huge patient loads, mean doctors, ungrateful patients and endless overtime the true culprits? Why would anyone want to start a career in nursing if it has the ability to strip away your compassion? How many conniving coworkers, needing patients and stressful shifts will it take before i crack..If there is one thing I take pride in (and its not brains or beauty) it's my ability to feel empathy and provide compassionate care. Do you still have compassion? How do you keep hold of it when many aspects of your job are trying to pull it from you?