I'll be starting my position as a new grad in a couple of weeks. What is the general atmosphere toward new grads and how can I establish myself best in my new position?
Jun 11, '03
I wish I knew the answer to that, too. I will be a new grad in Dec., and I don't want to work on a med/surg or tele floor. I know in our hospital around here, how you are treated depends a lot on how much you are willing to do for the other nurses. Good luck to you!
Jun 11, '03
And good luck to you as well!
Jun 11, '03
I graduated last Sept. and have been working ICU since then. I love what I do but I have to leave. My reputation will be on the line if I stay, what I mean is that there has been a couple of incidences when other nurses have made mistakes but rather than take the consequences and tell the truth, they blame others, namely the new unexperienced and ones that don't stand up for themselves. As you can tell, I am a bit angry. I was one of those nurses who recently took the rap for someone else's stupid mistake, The clinical resource manager (Head of our dept) sided with the more experienced nurse and didn't even give me the benefit of the doubt. If I had accepted this I would have it on my evaluation to follow me for the future. But I did not allow this to happen. I called a meeting with the director of Critical Care, my union rep, this manager and myself and we had it out. I of course was NOT to blame but however they instead told me that the incident in question was never a issue, but yet I was told this would go on my evaluation. What Lies..... So now when you hear the saying Nurses eat their young.... this was true for me. Since this episode, I have had one of the nurses who went to management and stirred this incident up and point fingers at me and so much told them that I was inexperienced to work in ICU. Duh....Hello, but I am new at this....??? Three days ago she showed up at my home with flowers and a I'm sorry card. Now she wants me to forgive her. And believe me I have, because it is the Christian thing to do. But I cannot work in a place where the senior employees dictate who and what goes on and besides my reputation in on line. I am a good nurse, eager and a hard worker. I have never made a med error or done anything wrong, to cause this distention. So now I have to move on to bigger and better things... The one thing about nursing is that there are lots of opportunities
Jun 12, '03
Originally posted by new2nursing
Three days ago she showed up at my home with flowers and a I'm sorry card.
Do you know what caused her sudden change of attitude?
I'm so sorry to hear about your horrible experience as a new grad. I read stories like yours and it makes me so sad. I can only hope that my experience will be different.
Good luck with everything.
Jun 12, '03
I would say guilt. Guilty of knowing it was a wrong accusation. Actually when she came over, she told me she was the nurse manager 2 years ago, but quit when she had a nurse that needed more guidance. But the way she saw it she was on her case only for her to improve and teach her, but the nurse saw it as harrassment and filed a lawsuit toward her. The nurse won. She left ICU and went to Day Surgery for the past 1.5 years. She has been back only in a term postiion and plans on going back in Sept. She told me that she thought it might be wrong going to the manager with her concerns, but she couldn't deal with me directly after what had happened to her.
So guess who got hung out to dry.... for her lack of self esteem....Right ME....
Now I have to look for newer pastures... Its a good thing that I am adaptable...Obviously she is not...She has been doing the same job for the past 20 years.... I think she is alittle burned out.
It was nice and considerate of her to come over and share this with me.. But it doesn't take away the hurt I felt. She was my preceptor for three months, I shared my feelings with her and my family life, I actually thought she was my friend. Boy was I wrong.
Jun 12, '03
It is so sad to hear about bad first experiences, I wish you luck in finding a better work environment new2nursing...i too am new, i graduated in 02 so i have been out of school for ayear...i started directly in our CCU...and i absoltely love it...the staff that i work with is very supportive, we have a good time and work and there is always someone to help me if I need it...They also encourage me to grow in my critical thinking and nursing skills...instead of giving me answers, they make me work it out on my own with their supervision....i still have a lot to learn but feel good about things, i have been working on my own for about six months or so and really enjoy it...good luck!!! find a unit that works with your personalilty and goals, one that has staff and management that will support you...
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