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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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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNS and specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

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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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ruby_jane has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing.

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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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Ruby Vee has 40 years experience as a BSN and specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching.

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On 2/9/2019 at 7:24 PM, Heartonmysleeves said:

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.

People gravitate to people who they believe LIKE them.  So the trick is to make everyone feel as though you like them.  Recently, I read that the trick to that is to always be the first to say "hi."  It seems to be an easy enough thing to do and doesn't demand small talk or sharing too much.  

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