Shadowing - trusting your instincts

  1. Hi Everyone,

    I am about to finish my BSN and have several job offers on the table and have asked to shadow at several different places where I am considering taking employment. Well I shadowed at the one place where I thought I really wanted to work at, I got a strange vibe. The staff were all professional, pleasant, and the unit was very busy with new admits. No one was overly warm or friendly, but everyone was busy, so I completely understand. I was thrown into the environment which was a bit overwhelming, but at the same time I was glad to help and do what I could for the nurses and I was grateful that I had the opportunity to shadow. I realize that I would be getting 14 weeks of orientation if I took the job through the nursing education department so I wouldn't be thrown into things like I was in my shadowing experience, but I left with this strange unsettling vibe and I cannot put my finger on it. Should I trust my instinct?

    I just want to make sure that I take a job that I don't mind going to everyday. I know no job is perfect, but I have had many awful jobs (non-nursing) in my previous field that made my life miserable.
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  3. by   Tweety
    Nursing is a strange profression. Sometimes your instincts with regard to patient condition is right on the money and should always be trusted.

    Your case hear could also be right on the money as there might be something lurking underneathe. Also though consider that new grads, myself included, don't really have a good feel for the profression and a job right away. Sometimes we just have to jump in there and give it a chance. It can be busy, overwhelming, and very stressful and give off bad vibes, but months later we feel differently as we now have confidence and skills built into the equation. Am I making sense? I know I wasn't much help was I. LOL