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Starting Fresh on New Unit

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Soon I will transferring to a new unit which will be my second nursing job and would have been a nurse for 1 year. I want to know what can I expect it to be like transferring to another floor?

I've been at my current unit for 2 + years as a NA prior to being a RN. One thing I want to do different on this unit is have better working relationships with my coworkers. I felt that because its difficult for me to open up about my personal life with others and I'm a quiet person that my coworkers were distant and I saw how differently they treated me compared to others even when I helped them so much with their patients.

Its crazy to me the more talkative and the more people share about their personal/private lives (even when its TMI), the more people gravitate, are friendlier and receive more help from others. At least that's my observation.

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I'm not a person that shares much about myself personally at work. IMHO the reason people gravitate to the "talker" is because they want to justify their own lives. I mean its human nature to want to hear the dirty details of someone else's life. 

I wouldn't worry about it - you are at work to work, keep it professional. 
I make general comments like "my husband and I went to see this movie and really liked it," "tried out that new restaurant and the manicotti was delicious" or something like that. I always keep my comments positive and never ever disclose too much personal info nor do I paint my life in a negative light in person. 

Best wishes. 

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You're probably a great listener! 

Both hubs and RJ Junior are introverts. I am an extrovert. I think I cause them pain sometimes.

Your perceptions may be valid - or they may not. Either way - fresh start, new people. You don't have to share TMI. I love Trauma's suggestions: positive, professional.

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