thank you for your kind response to my post. it was just food for thought. one more thing that i thought of after i posted last night is this. this is not an excuse for their behavior (which i find appalling), but could be a reason. at one of the hospitals where i work, the really choice staff positions are going to new grads, and the people who are there everyday, working hard, trying to apply for the staff positions (my hospital loves to hire per diem), are overlooked. i think the management mentality is that these people already on the payroll won't leave, and they are trying to attract the new grads with benefits. just another thought. not sure if this is part of the reason for your chilly reception. i know that this is causing some hard feelings at my hospital. personally i love per diem.....use dh's benefits........take care, and i know that you will do great. also, don't feel like it's a test. if they overload you, tell them you need to take less patients for now. also, some of the things you mentioned (i.e. dressing changes) do not always need to be done at a specific time. mostly during your shift is ok. prioritize. we really can't do it all at the same time. you'll get it, just takes practice. also, if you really dislike med-surg, find out what the policy is on floating. some hospitals always float the newbies, but in CA the union says this is not fair. it has to rotate.......ask ahead of time. have a great week.