I also work at Oakwood on a critical care floor since June, I graduated in May. As with any job there are good and bad points. But for the most part, I like it alot. I usually have 3 pts with a max of four so I can't imagine working a med/surg unit and having as many as 8!!! I think as a new nurse and finally feeling somewhat confident, one of the most important aspects of my job is having a good rapport with the nursing aides; if not, I would be running the halls all night, never getting a break and barely getting to know my pts! The respect is a two-way street. I agree with the other post - definitely ask the mgr alot of questions, see how the unit and rooms are set up. On my floor, there are 3 different pyxis', an IV room and a med cart, alas, there is no central med room - this I don't like. But I do like my co-workers - there a few seasoned nurses and mostly new grads. So we all help each other out. When a new pt arrives, we all go in to help. I know that I can always depend on someone, which is huge for me! I may be out of orientation but I have only been an 'official' RN since July. At least have an interview and see if its what you're looking for. Good Luck!