I'm a new grad and I've been working night shift on a tele/med-surg floor for about a month. The hospital is giving me 3 months of orientation with a preceptor. So far, I love what I do (taking care of the patients) and even though there's a lot I don't know, I feel like work isn't challenging enough and I'm bored on my shift. The first 4-5hr of the shift is okay, but through out the night it's very slow and there's so much down time. Is night shift usually like this?? I don't like it all because 1. I'd end up sitting around and being bored, 2. the nurses tend to group together and gossip ALOT which I don't like. and 3. I feel like I'm not getting the experience I need to become competent. As a new grad, I want to get my feet wet as much as possible and I don't know if night shift allows for that. I'm thinking of asking for a transfer to another unit. My question is, would it make me look bad since I was hired to cover for the shortage on the unit I'm on now? Or would the director try to fire me since it'd come off as I don't want to work on her floor? I really don't like my unit, my coworkers, my preceptor, my director...I don't know what to do.