1) Stay out of trouble: Making mistakes during orientation will likely result in security showing you the door. "But I'm human".....Yes you are human but society see's you as superhuman (don't ask me how, must be the movies), so you can't make any mistakes. Also Hospitals are concerned with liability.
2) If you made a booboo, chances are your preceptor will tell on you, to not just the manager, but the whole unit. Your name will be forever defamed. Also it's likely people you work with made similar mistakes. They were just good at hiding it. That's why they still have a job.
3)Work fast/steady or forever be doomed: In healthcare you realize you have to work fast. 1 patient leaves, another comes in. You'll be running around to get things done on time. Expect staff to ridicule you if you're not performing at a fast enough pace..."But i may make a mistake"....Yes you may indeed but they don't care, they have to fill beds for the mullah (money)....
4) Don't take things personally: There is no way you can survive, esp. as a newbie. Like my saying goes, expect the worst, hope for the best.
5) Don't rely on your co-workers: Everyone is going to be busy, sometimes (all-most all the time), you'll have to try and manage on your own.
6) Expect to be thrown in the fire starting day 1: Yes, there is no holding hands in this profession, prepare to work with patients, starting in the very beginning.
7) Your replaceable: As a newbie, your easily replaceable. Hospitals try to maintain individuals who have been working there for many years, since they are the most skilled and will likely not make mistakes, or at least tiny ones=saves money.
8) School doesn't teach you everything you need to know: Don't expect NS to have taught you much, you still have a lot to learn. Think of yourself as a child, starting to learn new things.
9) You will likely be shocked, nervous at first: The amount of work/resp./stress, will seem unbearable. If you manage to survive, things will become more routine.
10) There is a reason why your nurse manager decided to become a NM: To escape the bedside.
*My last bit of advice is, you don't have to remain where you are if your unhappy...try finding another job 1st before quitting and if that doesn't work out, quit take a break and try the job hunt again. Realize though, this method won't pay your bills. If your stuck where you are then prayer is the only other method for deliverance.