Somewhat catty ICU environment.
I love being an ICU RN and am well-aware of the typical ICU environment that includes overly assertive and somewhat aggressive, type-A personalities. I did, however, find it to be at a rather excessive level at this hospital. I witnessed quite a bit of lateral violence, and witnessed how nurses not from the region were targeted and treated poorly by other nurses and even physicians. Unfair, revolving-door type patient assignments were given to targeted nurses. I personally experienced racial harassment by certain co-workers. I do have to credit management that they did respond to this complaint, and the person responsible did end up with a report in their file, but truly, I believe that the hospital should make it clear that this type of behavior is so unacceptable, that personnel never feel that they have the liberty to demonstrate these behaviors in the first place. If you work night shift, forget the concept of self-scheduling or attempting to consolidate your nights on and nights off--your schedule, especially if you are new, will almost certainly be Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. You will be able to consolidate your days if staffing needs you to be there extra nights, in which case your schedule will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday...etc, if you agree to extra nights.