The best advice I can think to give new RNs is to remember you didn't learn everything there is to know in school, the real world is a lot different from the text books, and you can learn a lot from LPNs and CNAs (actually they can be your best resource). You may hear the word "RNitis" a lot, if you do please step back and look at yourself and the way you come across. I was an LPN for years, then I bridged over to RN, so I've been on both sides of the fence. As an LPN, in a nursing home I oriented a lot of RNs to the floor, the ones that didn't think they were better than us because of the title and were willing to learn became some of the best RNs I've known. Experience is the best teacher, be it learning from the experience of LPNs or CNAs, or from your own experiences. School gives you the knoweledge you need to get you started in certain situations, but not all situations represent themselves in text book style. Listen to the nurses that spend the most time with the patients, be it the LPNs or CNAs, they will catch the little changes that you as a nurse supervisor may never notice. It's like a mother and her child, mom notices the slightest changes in her child, before anyone else will.
By listening to your co-workers and learning from them you will "fit in" much better. Once they see you are understanding, willing to learn and listen, and that you are not there to pretend to know it all and snap the whip behind them at all times, they will accept you, and the wisdom and experience that you may bring with you.
I've seen LPNs and CNAs ruin RNs, simply because the RNs' noses were held so high if it rained they would drown. We're to be a team, no one is more importanat than the other, all of us have an important part to play. I've always said it would be impossible to work an entire unit by myself, i really appreciate the work the LPNs and CNAs do. But remember also there will be a time when you will have to encourage and reprimind, that's part of a charge nurses or supervisors job as well. If someone isn't cutting it, making more work on the rest of them team, it will be your responsibility to try and help the team as a whole. Sometimes this isn't fun or popular. It takes a special person to be understanding and kind, and yet be able to ensure the work is being done as a team. There's been times I've felt like I was working with pre-schoolers, with all the "she said he said" and complaining, but with time I've learned how to handle the situation. I think the best things I've learned is to always be Fair, Firm and Consistant with every employee. I play no favorites. I have LPNs and CNAs that we hang out after work, but at the work place I don't show favoritism. Also I have never nor will ever ask someone to do something that I am not willing to do myself. I can give a bedpan with the best of them.
I hope you the best. I've read the posts and there is a lot of good advice here, take it with you onto the floor. Good Luck and welcome to the ever changing world of nursing!