I am new to management, but have been a nurse for over 15 years. My biggest problem is that I took a job with a hopital where the OR director swore up and down she would make sure she was available as a mentor. Well, lets just say it didnt work out and am presently unemployed. Since graduating from Grad school, I have had one individual after another say to me, even promise me that they would mentor, precept and even lead me in my new career path. I have determined that no matter where in your career you are, we as nurses are terrible to each other. Why? I have tried my best to use my knowledge and experience to make nurses better, I guess that's the educator in me, but it is disheartening to see the lack of support we provide each other when we are on our way up the ladder or just starting to crawl in our career's. I am seriously looking at this as a paper to publish. I think everyone needs to see how little support as a profession we offer each other. Has anyone else ever experienced this?
Welcome to the "reality" that appears to that appears to be the universal concept on all levels in Nursing. "Mentor?" I can honestly say I've only had "1" in all my years (almost double that of yours). My experience is, that ideal situation only exists only in textbooks/school. Good Luck in finding any such animal in the real world; believe me, I have longed for it, sought it out, etc. . . I've been subjected to so many abhorent things all perpetrated by fellow "professionals." I can't even begin to discuss it all here. Somedays, I'm so ready to abnegate the entire nursing thing. . .