This is what I was told last night by the nurse that was charging the night I came off of orientation 2 weeks ago. I've been working on a busy Ortho/Neuro floor for about 3.5 months now. My first night off orientation, there were 5 nurses working, giving us 4 patients apiece. Two of my 4 pts were total care and 2 were total joint replacements. Most of us were pretty busy that night except for the charge nurse and another nurse who had pretty easy pts. About midnight that night, we got a new admit which the charge nurse asked me to take. The new admit ended up being total care (giving me 3) and needed blood hung, stat labs, etc. In the midst of me admitting this pt, another one of my patients started having chest pain. So now, I'm running back and forth between my chest pain pt and the new admit. Thankfully the nurse who had the easier pts. stepped in and helped me out some, but the charge nurse basically just sat there and did nothing. I pretty much ran the whole night like a chicken with my head cut off. Word must have gotten out about the night I had, because the next night I worked there were several nurses that talked about how wrong the charge nurse was to give me that type of patient load my first night out. I didn't really make any comments about it, other than I had a bad night, and just let everyone else talk. I guess someone said something to her about it, which in turn made her make that comment to me. Now don't get me wrong, I never expected to have the easiest patients or a light patient load my first night off orientation. Our floor is hard and we are often short staffed so I'm more than willing to pull my own weight, but I guess I'm upset with how it all went down. I honestly believe that she could have taken the admit or assigned it to the other nurse who had easier pts, but gave it to me because I'm new. Has this happened to anyone else? Am I wrong for being upset?