I will have to chime in also, even though I admit I tend to post a lot of negative stuff here as a new grad.
Though my situation is not perfect, I have had a relatively good experience in my 2nd assignment. I tried ICU first, and that was not for me. But now I'm on a solid floor job and although they're short nurses and techs and have all the typical problems of many units, I must say most all of the nurses have been helpful and cheerful in spite of it, and SO many of the patients have been just precious. :redpinkhe
I have had many days where my head was spinning, but I've also come away from those days feeling that I really did SOMETHING in this world that was of substance, that truly helped out another human being in a big way, that I kept a patient alive another day, that I kept a pt comfortable and happy for a while, helped them through a difficult time. I have had many who tell me that they're going to miss me once I get off my shift .. .always asking if I'll be back tomorrow, etc, etc. I had one of the MOST difficult guys the other day . ..but in the end, I actually taught him how to give himself insulin and after that, he was my buddy.
I mean, a job in a cubicle on a computer all day? BTDT and no WAY that compares to what we do as nurses -- doesn't even come close. Nursing is the real thing, that is for sure -- not for the faint of heart, but also very good for the heart in so many ways . . .