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    I'm a new grad RN working OB Peds near my house. I'm still on orientation. I've never really had a real job before and I've been home with my kids for the last 7 years. I feel more like a Student than a new nurse. Some of the nurses are not so nice and belittle me so to speak. I can't say they have been directly rude to me but you know those feelings you get? There is a lot of gossip and talk behind other nurses backs and about patients. There is one nurse in particular that makes me feel stupid and uncomfortable. They don't look at me when they are speaking or giving report and I get so frustrated. I'm so nervous and anxious and I need some advice. Are they testing me? Will this get better after a few months?
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    Sounds like most places, as a new nurse you have to develop thick skin. Sorry to say but nurses do eat their young. Don't get intimidated and do the best you can. Keep asking questions until you feel comfortable.

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    Quote from OCRN3
    Sounds like most places, as a new nurse you have to develop thick skin. Sorry to say but nurses do eat their young. Don't get intimidated and do the best you can. Keep asking questions until you feel comfortable.

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    This has definitely not been my experience. My coworkers have been great (I'm just about a year in.)

    The only nurses who were a challenge have been some of the older ones. I talked to my OM about what I should do differently to get a better hand-off and aside from a really bad nurse (she's leaving our unit because it is too difficult for her anymore) things got better once I demanded, through my questions and actions, their respect. (Ex: where is the chart. Are the orders signed off. Is there some reason I should know about why this med wasn't given- in a friendly manner of course, but so they knew they had to stop dumping their responsibilities on me- that's not how teamwork works.)

    Honestly, it sounds like you work with some very immature people. My coworkers really don't "eat their young." They have been supportive of me and I am trying to do the same with my newer coworkers.

    Hold your head up, ignore them as best you can, and do an amazing job nursing your patients.
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    I agree. its better to ask questions and try not to be intimidated. it's a normal obstacle. it'll help you grow.
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    One week before my orientation is up and they let me go...
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    One week before my orientation is up and they let me go...
    So sorry to hear this. Did they tell you why? Poor thing
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    I'm a new grad RN and was let go 1 week before my orientation was up. I'm devastated as I have 2 small children to support. Luckily, they are giving me 2 weeks pay to look for a job. Should I use this job on my employment history when looking for a new job or not?? Anyone else been through this?? Any words of wisdom??


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