there is nothing stronger than a demented little old lady.
there is nothing stranger than a demented little old lady -- unless it's a pair of them. deal with them now, but make sure to laugh about them later.
if you don't know, look it up. if you have to ask, do so, but please don't just expect the experienced nurse to swoop in and fix things for you. ask in a manner that makes it clear you've already looked it up, and make sure you offer to help me catch up after i've dropped everything to help you.
doctors put on their pants one leg at a time. they aren't gods and they don't know everything. they're people, just like us. if you take the time to chat with them when you see them, it will do a great deal toward improving your interactions with them when you have to call them at 3 am for something you're not sure could have waited.
patients die, families get obnoxious, and the peg tube is always clogged when the most important med is due. it happens. chances are it's not your fault. if it is your fault, don't do whatever it was that you did to cause it again. (when giving metamucil through a peg tube, mix it really well with fruit juice, give it immediately and flush it really well.)
there is no shift so awful that it won't make a good story at some future date.
the most important characteristic of a successful nurse is a good sense of humor. laugh lots, laugh often. (and when your patient paints himself and his walls with feces, just think what a great story that will be!)
when things look so dire that you don't know whether to sh(it) or go blind, it's probably not that bad. but if it is, laugh about it later.
your more experienced colleagues have not forgotten what it's like to be new, but you have no idea what it's like to be responsible for your own assignment plus looking after a newbie or three.