As a new RN in the ER, I appreciate this post. I've experienced some negativity but I always keep my head up, say "THANK YOU" and smile, and go on with my shift...that's the best one liner that could be used that is tasteful and no one gets hurt.
I never vent about coworkers to coworkers, as a newbie, you don't know how to trust just yet, but it also keeps you from gossiping and giving a bad impression. I only vent about pts and I try to make it funny so it's not so dreadful.
I've come to learn there are people you can always lean on to ask questions, while there are others I would NEVER dare. However, staying positive is getting me through orientation...I've come to realize that the GOOD, positive coworkers far outweigh the negative staff. I'm gravitating towards the RNs with great attitudes, they have the best stories and experiences, and they're super smart!
Unfortunately, in my case at least, there are a couple of coworkers who will be outright rude until the targeted person stands up to them, but I steer clear & refuse to anticipate it (I feel if I do, it will only bring on an encounter)...so until then, I'm going to spend my time and energy in the ER learning and growing. Nursing is my second career, and I come from "team work" and "professional attitude at all times" environments and thought nursing was the same, until I graduated!
Keep your head up, and remember to say THANK YOU and go on with your day (or night).