Hi everyone, I have been working as an RN for about 1 year and 4 months now on a medicine unit with 2 step downs. The job was never easy but I still enjoyed what I did and the experience that I gained. I've recently started to feel very stressed with the job and starting to feel anxiety during and out of work. There are many things that I believe are causing this.I think the thing that bothers me the most is the lack of Camaraderie between nurses. Yes, we help each other during the shift but I feel it's just being done out of courtesy and not a genuine willingness to help. I feel the stressful environment kind of kills camaraderie. People sometimes snap at each other and the gossip... I'm tired of it. I'm usually described as a very laid back person so I like to talk to people my own way and make things as smooth as possible. I feel like there are just too many Type A personalities among nurses. People always complain about the doctor/nurse relationship and how doctors are disrespectful, but from experience it's the nurses to treat the doctors with no respect. Constantly saying they don't know what they're doing, or right off the bat attacking them when they need something for the patient. I don't know how it is for other people but when someone snaps or yells at me, it throws me off balance. I get angry, and i lose track of things. I'm tired of being scared to go to work to have my co workers grill me on something I didn't do or didn't do well. I can take constructive criticism but not bickering. From hearing stories from my friends, its the same everywhere. Maybe bedside nursing just isnt for me... I know people that are a lot less stressed and make a lot more. I got into this profession cause I enjoy the knowledge and I want to help people get better. The stress and the amount of work that is expected is wearing me down. It's become more about me finishing my work on time so that I won't get ******* at than about me spending more time with a patient that actually needs me. Sorry for the long post but what I'm really trying to get at is advice for a sect of nursing that might be for me. I love being a nurse, but I can't see myself doing it for long if it's wearing down my health.