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Specializes in RN- Med/surg.

Any other new nurses just LOVE their job? I think it's great to have a site to ask questions, and vent....but I wanted to start a positive thread. I found this site the day I took NCLEX...and honestly after a week of reading I warned my husband I would HATE my job and doubt my career when I started.

But- I've been orienting on the floor for 2 weeks now and absolutely love it. The facility is great, and my preceptor is wonderful. She's argued assignments with the chargenurses..and refused admits to keep things at a level I can handle. She gives positive reinforcement, and constructive criticism. Last night...she even oriented 2 nurses at once because I was assigned to someone who called in..and the only other one to orient me was my old clinical instructor. (who dislikes me..and made it known)

I'm having a wonderful experience as a new RN...it's everything I expected. (not saying easy by any means...I had 4 very demanding pts yesterday..but still loving it!)

AprilRNhere

Specializes in RN- Med/surg.

noone else really likes their job? Surely everyone else wasn't blind sided with nursing.

Hey AprilHere,

I have been a nurse now for just over 6 months and I am absolutely loving it as well. I had a wonderful preceptor as well and the unit is very welcoming and helpful for the most part.

I work in the NICU and even though there are hard times, for the most part it is wonderful and there are more good times than bad.

Also, the hospital where I was hired is great to their nurses. The other new nurses hired with me seem to agree also. It is always good to know there are other happy nurses out there who are not being "eaten alive" by more experienced (or jaded) nurses. :-)

Thanet

Specializes in Mental Health. Has 30+ years experience.

Well possibly I should not post here as I have been nursing for twenty (mumble) years... but I still love my job and have many wonderful memories.

I hope you can do so too, in many years time,

Good luck.

Brigi23, BSN

Specializes in Psych, Home health/Hospice, Neuro-Trauma. Has 14 years experience.

hey,

I am glad that other new grads are also excited about their new jobs and are enjoying them. I am currently on the neuro unit at a peds hospital and am really liking it so far. there are a few things that are not exactly my cup of tea (like the nights), but I always walk away from my job feeling like not one second of my day was a waste of time. I work with some very smart and talented people and feel very lucky.

AprilRNhere

Specializes in RN- Med/surg.

Hey AprilHere,

I have been a nurse now for just over 6 months and I am absolutely loving it as well. I had a wonderful preceptor as well and the unit is very welcoming and helpful for the most part.

I work in the NICU and even though there are hard times, for the most part it is wonderful and there are more good times than bad.

Also, the hospital where I was hired is great to their nurses. The other new nurses hired with me seem to agree also. It is always good to know there are other happy nurses out there who are not being "eaten alive" by more experienced (or jaded) nurses. :-)

That'd wonderful! My hospital for the most part treats us well too. I haven't really been "welcomed with open arms"....but it's been ok. Most of the nurses haven't really spoken to me..but not in an ignore sort of way..just we've been too busy..and they haven't gone out of their way. That's fine with me..I'll get to know them eventually.

AprilRNhere

Specializes in RN- Med/surg.

Well possibly I should not post here as I have been nursing for twenty (mumble) years... but I still love my job and have many wonderful memories.

I hope you can do so too, in many years time,

Good luck.

All posters welcome! It's even BETTER to hear you still like it after 20 years!

suzy253, RN

Specializes in Telemetry/Med Surg.

I've been an RN for a little over a year now and still love my job on a med surg/tele floor. Always something new going on. It has it's moments though but I still enjoy it.

I'm just approaching the end of my first year as a nurse. It's been a lot of hard work, and there are days that I ask myself "why the $%# am I doing this???" But all and all, I love my job. It's my coworkers that make everything great. We all have such a great time and help each other out when needed. It really makes a difference and makes you feel positive about facing often difficult situations.

MelBel

Specializes in Geriatric, Medical/Surgical.

I have to say that last night was the first night I actually LIKED my job. I've had moments, and parts of days that I liked, but I never left feeling happy about it all. I am learning to find the love in demetia patients, and learning to laugh sometimes (like this morning when myself and two others walked in to a patient who did not look like he was breathing (i don't think he was), and after a "gentle" tap, he was definitely breathing). I also am finding that I really AM learning something, like when I should call the Dr., when it is ok to leave something until the morning.

I originally wanted to work in pediatrics or the NICU, and I am working geriatric acute care. And it's nice to be able to have a smile on my face.

I DID love my job when I was in orientation and still under the "safe" wing of my preceptor, but I'm now 3 weeks out on my own and I can honestly say that at least at this point I do NOT love my job. I know that it will get better, but every time I go to work there is something that I did wrong on my previous shift, or something I forgot, and there's that constant feeling that I am drowning. I actually dread going to work, and that makes me very sad, because one of my reasons for becoming a nurse was to have a job where I looked forward to working.

*sigh* Not trying to rain on the "Love My Job" parade....I'm just feeling a bit lost and disappointed I guess. Hopefully it will get better as my confidence grows.

lvnandmomx3

Specializes in Day program consultant DD/MR.

I love my Job. I work with developmentally disabled adults. I am a nurse consultant, health advocate, and saftey advocate for them as well as staff and there is not really any stress in this position. My hours and days are flexible allowing me to be able to go back to school for RN. The only thing that is hard is that I do not have the supervison of an experieinced nurse, as I am the only nurse on staff. I have to refer to all my books and the net for my resources, so this site is very helpful. I have been trying to find a helpful nursing care plan to use as a guide for a client that has what I think is a swallowing impairment, and I want to put a nursing care plan together (though not mandatory). I want to aid the staff as well as I can in the care of our clients.

al7139, ASN, RN

Specializes in Emergency. Has 5 years experience.

I am a new grad on a telemetry unit. I never in a million years thought I would enjoy cardiac nursing, since I hated the subject in school. That changed my last semester in school, when I did two clinical rotations on this unit. We students were made so welcome, and the nurses really took the time to work with us and teach. I could tell they really liked what they did. After so many clinicals where we were made to feel like an inconvenience, it was very reassuring. I put in my application to work there and was hired before I graduated. It is very challenging, and overwhelming. Right now I am on my first week off orientation (Yikes!). I have found that there is no such thing as a perfect work place, but so far this one comes darn close to it. I also like the fact that I will get to work with nursing students and hopefully be able to make their experience as positive as mine was.

Amy

lilysnana

Specializes in PCP group.

This is my very first post. I hope all you "hospital" nurses don't mind hearing from a "doctor's office" nurse (LPN). I've been a nurse for a little over a year now....and I love it. The work is hard and the day is long, but at the end of the day I have a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction that I helped people. I to switched careers, at 50 years old! Always wanted to become a nurse and now I am. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!

NotReady4PrimeTime, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PCVICU and peds oncology. Has 25 years experience.

:welcome:

GrnHonu99, RN

Specializes in Neuro, Critical Care.

I love my job. Finishing up my first year in the neuro ICU. It sure has been challenging to say the least but I couldn't have asked for a better first experience. My preceptor was awesome, my floor is incredible. I love all the people, management is decent, im very happy. I enjoy neuro as well, I was very unsure in the beginning but i'm glad I stuck with it!

I work on a trauma/post-surgical unit and I love my job. I also just passed my first year mark and I don't see myself going anywhere. I really eventually want to do ER and then maybe go for my trauma nurse practicioner degree but I am very happy where I am at right now. I started on a medical/transplant floor and that was very discouraging. I came up to this floor after 4 weeks and burst into tears when I met my preceptor and one of the other new nurses. My preceptor was great, took me under her wing and made me feel good about myself. All of us new nurses stick together and help eachother. We also go for drinks every so often and vent about work and life. We have all really bonded. My manager isn't too bad either. I really love my assistant managers. They are really friendly and very helpful. I love my PCTs, my floor, and all my patients. I could go on forever but I will stop now.;)

I'm five weeks into orientation/preceptorship and loving my floor. It's a tele floor in a busy inner city trauma center, and the pace can be kinda crazy for this newbee, but I couldn't have asked for a better place to begin my career. I had a good feeling about the floor when, at the interview, the nurse manager was late to pick me up b/c she was answering call lights (!), and this didn't end up being a facade. No problems with fellow staff, excellent preceptors (multiple, because of scheduling, and even this has worked out well), decent nurse-MD relations, a very "there are no dumb questions"-environment, and a very teaching-driven one as well.

There are no perfect places to work, it's true, but I could've done a heckuva lot worse than this. Of course, we'll see how I feel after a week or two on my own, or after my first coded patient or any of the other thousand things that can come up at the worst possible time, but I can't worry about things in advance. I tend to do that too much, and it doesn't solve a darned thing...

Great thread!

-Kevin

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