"Is there a difference on quality of care, (and viewpoints), on nurses who are nurses because of a personal passion? When you read some of these posts, do you get the feeling that some of them would not survive two minutes on your floor, because the right reasons for going into nursing is not there?"
I am a new grad and have complained on this site before. I know for me, I would love to work on a med/surge floor in a hospital but can't get a job there. I worked as a nursing assistant on one and loved it. Right now I am in ltc and dislike it because I am not using my nursing skills as much as I would like. Instead I am worrying more about giving out a 40 patient med pass on time, as long as nothing esle occurs. i feel unsafe and it's not the nursing care i would live to give. Many of the new grads complaining on here feel that they are unable to give good quality and safe nursing care. it's not that they don't have the passion for it. for me, i don't feel safe and worked too hard to get my license.
Another point is that I went to school with some wonderful nurses but are unable to hack in real world nursing. Some people aren't quick learners, don't work well under pressure, and are just slower paced. I know a few nurses who aprovide awesome nursing care but are stressed because they can't keep up with the demands the jobs. i have seen them get warnings because they aren't fast enough or for clocking out late. it's unfortunate because these are the ones who will say that maybe nursing isn't for them.
I also think it all comes to do being comfortable and having confidence. Once those are achieved, many new nurses will love their jobs. I thinnk that new nurses have to give med/surge at least a year before they give up on it. it's a huge learning curve if one has never worked in a hospital.