There are lots of horror stories, and I have a few (lot!) of my own, but there are also great places to work.
Most of my coworkers are supportive, and work together, offer to help when we are caught up ourselves, etc.
In my hospital, sick leave can be donated to another nurse or staff member in hard times. When my husband was ill, I was given so many hours I was able to take care of him at home for 4 1/2 months, on full (straight) pay, until his death.
Yes, there are bullies. Yes, there are chronically late people. Yes there are managers who ignore poor performances. BUT, there are also a huge number of people who are there for you (and me) and our patients. There are great mentors, good educators, and even (
) some pretty good managers (this from a union nurse).
Just look at all the people posting here who will give you advice and support when you need it. Some flame you, but more support. Look for the best in people, and expect it. Offer your best. praying doesn't hurt either:kiss :chuckle