When I got my first job as a nurse I was so excited. I felt I was going to be in a wonderful profession and meet wonderful nurses. Like I was joining a club. Well, then real world hit me in the face. I was met with hostility from nurses, and given the hardest patients on the floor and expected to sink or swim. Nurses neglected to tell him information so I could find out the hard way. I actually had a nurse follow me around and try to write incident reports on me all the time. So, here I am trying to build my skills, looking to make friends and actually have a career, but the "old" nurses wouldn't let me. Many of the new hired grads left at that point, but I stuck it out. In my mind I was going to beat them. Well, after nightmares everynight and many tears, I finally broke down on the floor. I didn't cry, I GOT MAD! I stuck up for myself and let the "old" nurses have a piece of my mind. Well, I thought for sure I would fired. I wasn't! After that, they treated me differnt, and I made friends with the nurses, and got to be part of the circle of information. I even gained skills from the other nurses. I cannot believe it took an emotional break down to prove myself to them. That is very messed up in my mind. And, it didn't stop with other new nurses. But, I am always nice to the new nurses and let them in on the information and help them, because it will only benefit everyone if I do. I don't know what the answer is. I don't know what nurses are afraid of. Nurses complain they are under staffed, but don't help the situation. Just remember, everyone was a new nurse at some point.