excellent posts from everyone. redwinggirlie..don't take anything personal!!! PLEASE! Some nurses unforunately forget what is was like to be new. Don't beat yourself up if you make a tiny mistake..that's why we are always learning. So learn from it
Finding a mentor is a great idea! If you aren't getting out of your preceptor what you need say SO! This is your time to learn, not their time to be lazy.
ASK, ASK, ASK, ASK plenty of questions. NO matter how stupid you may think they are. If you don't know the answer it isn't STUPID!
Try to enjoy yourself! Your a NURSE finally. You worked hard now is the time to shine. Yes you are a newbie, but I personally love those newbies that come to my unit full of excitement and motivation to learn.
Don't be put off if someone tells you that can't help right now. Just ask them to come see you later or when would be a good time. We never know what else they may be dealing with
ABOVE ALL.....LIKE SMILINGBLUEEYES SAID....BE A SPONGE!
It may not all make sense in the beginning, but it will come together for you.