WOW. It's sad to hear all the stories of nurses who are already discouraged and want to leave the hospital.
It's awful to hear stories about awful working conditions, rude coworkers, no supplies. I would like to say though, i'm a new grad in a neuro ICU...out 8 months. There are days when I leave and I never want to come back..there are more days that I leave feeling great, like I really made a difference...
I love my job and I am so thankful for where I am. I have great coworkers, some of the best teamwork I have ever encounted. Supportive, extremely smart mentors, who took me under their wing. I think my pay is fair, the management is decent and for the most part lets us do our own thing. We have self scheduling and you don't have to work weekends unless you are committed to the weekend program...we just basically say here is what i want to work and 99% of the time its fine. I feel like I have quite a bit of autonomy and most of our docs and residents trust us and work with us as a team. I get the chance to see amazing things, extremely fast paced.
On the other hand, there have been days where I feel like i'm drowning. At times I have felt panicked. There are many days I feel totally stupid and stressed out. Lots of days that I think there are so many other jobs way less stressful out there..at times I think what it would be like to be an accountant, no one depends on you for their life...if you make a mistake it usually doesnt involve someone dying...you dont have to worry about diseases and needle pokes....etc...but all in all, it's worth it, I wouldn't do it differently if I could.
Not to discount anyone's feelings on hospital nursing, just wanted to show that there are great places to work out there so hang in there!