Hi all, I am currently a 2nd semester nursing student at a 2yr ADN program. I have just recently received the employment opportunity to work as a nurse tech at an acute care facility in my area. I was initially excited because at my nursing program we hardly learn meaningful skills aside from vitals, TAP q2h, or toileting. occasionally I have given an oral med here and there. However, I feel my overall clinical experience is lacking due to limited opportunities to perform new skills because my program teach to the lowest level of learning . We are not allowed to perform blood draws or handle nursing interventions that involve IVs. This is why I initially sought a NT position to learn new skills beside from general care. I have been employed 2 weeks and I already hate it. I am the only tech on a 32 bed unit with little orientation to the unit. The morale there is dog eat dog. The nurses either turn their noses up and overlook me and I miss out on learning opportunities, or they bombard me with literally 20 tasks and get upset when 1 out of the 20 is not done. Worse, I even overheard 2 nurses gossiping about me. This is not the experience I wanted and I absolutely dread going to work. I hear a few of my classmates that are techs rave about their units and how the nurses are such wonderful teachers or how much they are learning. I do not want to quit, as I could potentially severe ties with a future employer, but at the same token not sure how much more abuse I can withstand. I know as a nurse you must have thick skin but I am not even a nurse yet and if this is what I have to look forward to I am seriously reevaluating my desire to pursue my RN degree.