So, I just started working in a LTC & Rehab facility 6 months ago as a new RN and I just need some reassurance-because lately I dread going into work! There is a good mix of RN's and LPN's at this particular facility but for some reason the attitude I'm seeing is "RN's vs LPN's". I have literally heard a couple of the LPN's say they are "second class citizens" at the facility. I have never honestly thought of the two licenses as being that different (although i do know there are a few responsibility wise) especially in my facility where we work as a team (or we are supposed to). I don't really see any instances where they are treated differently in a bad way either, they have a union and the RN's don't, so they get more overtime, holiday pay and bonuses. The environment is so hostile that even patients can sense it (apparently they have made comments about it). I love 90% of the patients, and I feel that in terms of care, assessment and having instincts when something is off with one of my patients I am doing well, but I have to know-is this what nursing is?? People trying to throw each other under the bus, talking about everyone behind their backs and just generally being mean?? I am so desperate to get out of this place and my stomach is in knots every time I have to work. If this is what it's going to be like no matter what facility I go to it makes me want to reconsider my career choice! Help!