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    Hazing, what to do about this...almost ready to quit.

    Kill 'em with kindness?? It cannot hurt to try. I don't know if this is feasable or not, but could you approach the nurses privately and say something like, "Have I done anything to offend you? I'd really like to keep working with you and I think you are a really competent/knowlegable nurse. I hope I haven't done something to upset you. Is there something I can do better?" and so on. Most people avoid confrontation and if you were to compliment her it might open some doors or start a dialogue for you to work things out without having an all out war. If this isn't a reasonable idea or doesn't work out, I would think filing a formal complaint using the chain of command like the others mentioned would be your only recourse. Please let us know how things work out! I wanted to add that I have had to swallow my pride and be humble in the past to keep things pleasant. Although I hated it, I sucked it up. Even if you are in the right, it is hard for others not to accept an apology or compliment! Most people find it hard to be nasty when you ask for their help and show them kindness even if you are seething below the surface. It is not an easy thing to do but it may help. Good luck!
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    Nurses w/ Disabilities

    As a new nurse with disabilities, I am very worried about starting a new job. Over and over again I was told to work med-surg for the 1st year after graduating to gain experience and to not get pigeon-holed into a specialty. For example if I start out in L&D and want to move to cardiac, I won't have the basic med-surg background to change over. My fears are these: all the med-surg shifts are 12 hours long. I cannot physically manage that. I had to work 12hr shifts to graduate and it darn near killed me. I just don't have that kind of stamina as I have chronic illness. (I am not currently on any treatment but living with the aftermath of multiple surgeries and chronic pain.) Even getting through school was tough. In order to graduate, my social life/family life came to a dead stop. Even things like getting groceries, doing laundry and making supper became difficult for me. I was the queen of frozen foods for a while Amazingly, I graduated with honors when I thought I would never graduate at all! Can anyone relate my predicament? I'd love to hear suggestions from other nurses or instructors about what kind of work I could find besides the 12 hour death shifts! I'd like to find something full time so that I can afford to buy health insurance. I am able to work nights and weekends too. Thanks!
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    New to the forum!

    hi everyone, i've been reading the forums on and off for quite some time but have never posted. i thought it was about time to say hello! i am a new grad waiting to take my boards and also attending college full time for an advanced degree. i really need to take advantage of these forums as my non-nursing friends just don't understand what i am going through and they tend to give me really strange advice! nursing school was quite possibly the most difficult but most rewarding experience i have ever had! i am looking forward to comparing notes with the nurses and nursing students here.