I have been truly disheartened by the posts on here about how badly new nurses are being treated. belittling, trying to get them fired, the conspiracies....
I wonder if I was just lucky. The nurses I started my career in were great. There were the exception fo one or 2 nurses who will act cocky, no-it-all or get mean, but there were only a few bad seeds. And I floated for the first 4 months, and I had been to almost every floor. yeah, sometimes I got stuck with all the admissions and the worst patients being the floater, but I will say the nurses did help me.
I got a position in the MICU 4 months in. I heard from the other nurses that they can be b!itchy there. But they weren't, except for the one nurse who was out to get EVERYONE. She was just a bitter hag, and I learned how to handle her.
My preceptor for med-surg float was GREAT. We were very friendly. My preceptor in ICU days was excellent. Always encouraged, taught me and never belittled me. We became very good friends outside of work also. My preceptor nights I was warned about, but she was great too. And we became friends too.
We were a very good team in the ICU, we were always good to the newbies, taught them, were resources for them.
Perhaps I was just very fortunate to have such a good experience. I am out of bedside now and starting a new job in 2 weeks. I want to do per diem bedside because i actually miss it a little, I haven't been at the bedside in almost a year. But I am scared to go anywhere else after what I read on here. I'd like to go closer to home, but where I worked seems to be a very unique experience.
Really, I am saddened it isn't like this everywhere.