Howdy to all the new nurses.............................So, my first day was Monday and was it nothing like I had envisioned at all!! Arrived at 0645 for orientation to the unit. The preceptor that I was originally supposed to be with had called in r/t gallbladder problems so I was put with another nurse. .............not good at first. She originally is trained for a specialty field and was not too happy that she was going to be doing regular floor nursing so not a great start to the day with her attitude. She seemed a little "irked" to say the least as well b/c she would have a new nurse to kind of "over see". So, basically all I was supposed to do that day was to "shadow" her. All he** broke loose about 1000 and I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off :rotfl: until about 1800. B/C of the chaos I wasn't able to shadow her too much so I felt like I barely did anything useful.The hosp is up for sale right now and they are laying off people left and right, long time nurses are quitting and I got the rotation with the psychotic nurses!!! :rotfl: I should blend rather well b/c in NS my nickname was Psycotic Susan :chuckle The charge nurse was "spastic"-not a person that can withstand a lot of stress without freaking out and therefore causing everyone else around her to freak out. The nurse that I ended up shadowing had a rotten attitude, but, rightfully so I think...........ok not rightfully so but I understand why, complained about all the problems and every other sentence out of her mouth was "If they think I am going to do that for them too, they have another thing coming" bs stuff like that, which, I am trying to look at the whole situation so I can see what I can do to not be a nuisance (sp). That was about how the whole day went in a nutshell. My supervisor, thank goodness for her, kept on apologizing for me having to be with this nurse and told me that this was NOT a usual day on this unit (Thank goodness) and promised me that days like these are few and far between (sigh of relief). So, I survived it and like an idiot am looking forward to my next day to work which will be this friday :smackingf The good part of my day was that I got to meet some awesome patients and families, got to see some baby Wrens (never seen them once they have hatched), learned an awesome trick for applying TED hose (put the plastic pckge that they come in over their foot and then slide them on to the ankle and pull up then remove the plastic and repeat on the second foot), and figured out how to turn the call buttons off in the rooms!!!!!!!!!!! Got my badge with my new RN title on there and acted like some idiot going around showing it off to previous co-workers :rotfl: :rotfl: Got my own locker with my name on it :) and drove my nurse insane by singing AC/DC songs!!!!! I usually enjoyed MS in NS so I know that I will enjoy it once I get some confidence in what I am doing and I know I will love the pace. The day flew by for the most part. Was the first day perfect? No but it could have been worse........way worse so I am just happy that I will finally be bringing home a paycheck doing something that I worked so hard to get and love doing!!Hope that everyone else will share their first day of being a real nurse experience her so we know we are not alone!!!!!!!!!! I was up at the hosp yesterday but didn't do any patient care-just reorientation to safety, meditech, and HR stuff.....................I am so EXCITED to go back I can hardly stand it!!! Ya'll have a lovely day!!