I'm considering moving to the Portland/Vancouver area and doing the critical care internship at SW Wa. Med. Ctr. or one of the hospitals in Portland- maybe even Eugene or Salem if I can find a good place. I'm NOT a new grad- just want to do something different. My question is about the working environment and atmosphere. Is management supportive? Are the other RN's backstabbing and catty? Are there "cliques" and game playing? Do they "haze" new nurses into the group? I realize no job is perfect, but I'm a professional, college educated RN and I like ADULTS, not working with a bunch of snotty, immature co-workers that act like it's Jr. High all over again.
As you can tell, I've had some bad experiences that I wish NOT to repeat. The benfits, work load and pay actually mean less to me at this point in my life. Anything is tolerable when you have supportive and friendly teammates- it can get you through any shift. On the flip side, when you work with a bunch toxic people, it just makes you want to quit nursing all together.
The only way to know what I'm getting into is word of mouth because the RN recruiter isn't going to tell me, "Yeah, it sucks the big one here!". THANKS!!!!