Quote from Pixie.RN
That's a tough call — I know you have struggled with your work environment. I guess I should ask: what is it that makes you want to stay?
I like the variety of things that go on. I like to be challenged and when I'm working with people I like, the teamwork is nice. I feel like certain ERs are better than others, have better team work, learning opportunities, etc. I don't think my experiences are representative of the specialty. In fact, one of my old co workers who left because of the crappy work environment (gossip, lack of help, etc) landed a travel position in the ER and did well even having less than 1 year. She was in a supportive environment with good co workers.
The environment where I work is not conducive to the development of all staff members (on day shift at least). There is an entrenched hierarchy where certain people are nurtured and given more learning opportunities and others are not. I think if I worked nights my experience would be different.
I feel pretty comfortable with my skill level but feel like I need more support to take it to the next level and for what ever reason I have been uncomfortable to ask for what I need and want. I feel like it is imposing and that is really my own fault. But I also don't feel like I should have to ask, as a member of the unit, they should be trying to develop all of their staff. My last ER was better about that and they didn't gossip and talk badly about people behind their back (at least I never heard it).
I'm going to make a pro and con list and see if that can help a little. Thank you for your response.