Thanks for the encouragement, it's good to hear that my frustruation is not without reason. I think my lack of training is because of several factors. Mostly, I think it's because those in charge think that you have to have many years of experience before you're "ready" to take hearts. In fact, just before I came they changed the rule that said you had to work there a year before pulling a swan or sheath! It's a very old-school mentality, and they're very distrustful towards new nurses. There's this 'old hens' club of people who have worked there for 30 years, and they think that they're the only ones that have skills. It's very frustrating.
I think staffing is another issue, although I think they could work around that one if they really wanted to. They definetly don't like to give up a nurse to do a night of orientation.
As far as my motivation goes, I've been VERY active in voicing my desires and doing my own learning. In fact, I border on being a pest. I'm constantly hounding them about when I'll be trained, and most days I call the charge before my shift and ask for a hard assignment, or a certain type of patient.
I've decided that if they don't start me on this stuff by September, I'm going to the NICU or ER, since both would move me toward my eventual goal of working as a flight RN.