So I just got my first official job as a PCA in the biggest hospital in my area on the SICU/Neuro ICU. I am nervous as I could possibly be! I start orientation on the 18th then I will be out on the floor. I was a patient sitter from 16-18 then I worked some private home health from 18-19 (3 years ago) until I moved. I'm in nursing school right now and I really feel like this is going to help me out! The thing is I am so worried about my new work environment! I see all the time how people are saying that being the newbie is hard and their coworkers are just down right nasty to them! I really don't want that and am hoping they warm up to me fast. I'm really nice, willing to help, willing to do what I'm told, but what I am not willing to do is be put down or made to feel lesser than. The NM that I interviewed with told me her night nurses/PCA's are more experienced and take a "little getting used to". Also, since I will be working 7p-7a I'm wondering how the heck to eat healthy and not sleep constantly during the day when I'm not in classes! I could just use a little encouragement and some advice. Thanks guy!