I've seen in non-nursing professions where an inexperienced worker may be eaten alive by experienced long term workers in that profession. This happens to new employees that meet the job description standards and those who don't.
I've seen really dedicated employees willing to help a newcomer and I've seen long term burnt out dead wood employees eat newcomers alive for no other reason than jealousy.
If a new employee is judged by a nonbiased jury to not meet the standards of that particular job then something should be done. It should not be done in a way that is "eaten alive", one would have to question the motives of the eaters.
A friend of mine recently decided to quit her factory job and enter an LPN program. Her factory co-workers treated her badly upon hearing her good news of learning a new skill.
Hmm.. I hope she is a darn good nurse someday, she cares about people and she is motivated to be a good student and nurse.