I agree that it is ABSOLUTELY ALL about the environment you walk into.
I was a new grad thrust into ED, and while it is difficult and slightly terrifying
, I could not ask for a more supportive, helpful group of people to work with. Everyone understands my inexperience...they are aware that I need extra help at times, and when big stuff rolls into one of my rooms that I am not yet prepared to handle, there is always someone there to help me before I even have a chance to ask.
Before taking a position as a new grad in ED, I would find out how often a prospective unit takes new grads, how they FEEL about taking new grads (as a group), arrange a day to job shadow on the unit to get a feel for the vibe/level of teamwork, talk to some of the nurses who started there as new grads...see what they have to say.