Hey wildshot - just popped over here on the guy forum
I'm glad you got into a better school. For the most part I've been pretty happy with my school - they aren't into the whole "weeding out" and repeatedly tell us they want us ALL to graduate and be successful.
Of course we have our share of frustrations too. Like how we are told we need to be "professional" by being on time and having homework done...yet the teachers put up wrong lecture notes and nothing matches their lecture because they "forgot" to put up the right ones, or don't put up any at all. Or they are late to class. Or their cell phone inevitably is the one that goes off during lecture lol.
For the most part I've also been pretty happy with my intern position. The RN's are sooo willing to show me things and teach me and let me do things.
My teachers have complimented my willingness to help other students and share study aides I create - and I tell them "there is a nursing shortage - I want my classmates to graduate and HELP me..and I want them to be great, educated nurses so "I" don't have to cover THEIR butts.
I hear a lot of stories of nurses eating their young..which is sad - because we need help in the field - not for everyone to get burned out before they start.
But you know all we can do is better - we can be the nurse who takes the time to encourage a student and to teach them things - to welcome them into the flock. We can be the ones to not get caught up in gossip..and to always lend a helping hand to our coworkers. We can make it better at least on our floors hopefullly. There is enough stress in this job without being ugly to one another.
so all we can do for now is keep on keeping on! And like you say, learn all we can so that we are efficient and not a burden to our coworkers and we are blessings to our patients.