It breaks my heart to read this, to the point of tears... you have no idea how much this kind of behavior bothers me. It is just SO not right, so totally uncalled for... I don't care HOW busy we are, this is NO way to welcome another into the profession.
Why can't these nurses just stop and think for ONE lousy minute? Were they not in your shoes at one time? How would they want to be treated?
OK.... so if they're too busy to stop and think for one lousy minute right then, could they not give it some thought on their way home that evening, or on the way in the next day?
What MAKES people like this? Is it truly burnout or do they use this as their "excuse/justification" ..........? Or is is deeper, more personal than that... more like their true personality showing itself?
This is simply wrong. Rude. Unkind. Hurtful. Arrogant. Prideful. Inconsiderate. And totally uncalled for.
Like Suzanne, I would revel in the new faces, "feel" their excitement and curiosity, their fears, and their desire to learn. I'd tuck them all under my wing and allow them to watch, question, experience, and mingle........ and have them hungering for more, eagerly anticipating coming back the next day.
Please know we are not all as you have described above, and I'm so very sorry you've been made to feel unwanted.