Just wanted to let the other new grads out there to keep positive and follow your gut instinct!!! I have been working as an LPN now since May 2009. Its been a roller coaster..I have had different jobs..one job, the experienced nurses took the newbies under their wings. Then there was job I had that I knew from day one to get out ASAP. Those nurses were so mean and rude. If something went wrong, they blamed it on the new nurses. They made impossible to get any kind of work done by not backing anyone up or leaving work unfinshed so that the next shift would have to pick it up. I looked for work for 3 months and nothing, then I went to work one day and found out I was fired...FIRED!! They wouldnt even tell me why..gave me a phone number to call the DON at home!! I just drove 45mins..IN THE SNOW!! Trust me, I counted to 100 before I called her ...I was accused of refusing to give a patient pain meds and not doing rounds with the techs on the NOC shift. ***** I asked when did this supposed took place and she said she couldnt tell me. Told me she would call me on Monday after she investigates. Well, my happy butt was in her office first thing Monday morning. The nite in questioned, I wasnt even there. The incident about the pt not getting pain meds wasnt me either. Turns out, another nurse and I have the same initials, so they just "assumed" it was me bc I was a new nurse and she wasnt. But she said they were firing me anyway. I asked why, she said she didnt have to give a reason bc it was under my 90 days ( by two days!!) but basically she didnt like me. I have never ever in my life been fired or treated that badly. But a week later, I read in the paper the place was shut down bc STATE was called by a family member after her mom was found with burns on her back and when the STATE came to investigate they apparently found a lot of red tags. Very happy I got fired!! LOL...About 3weeks ago, I found my perfect job. I mean, I have plans for my RN, but not right away, I need to work and support my family..but even if for whatever reason I dont make it to my RN...I can totally see myself working at this nursing home as an LPN for the next 30yrs. I have never in my life worked at a place that made you feel so welcomed and wanted. If I have a question, I ask. If I need help with a patient, I got it. My point of this thread I guess is to give people hope who might be in the place I was a few months ago. I love my job. You will know your first day of orientation on the floor...its a gut feeling...whether or not that its your second home.Hugs to all the newbies!!!