Whew!! Yet another can of worms opened. I don't know why we do it. It has been suggested that it's because nsg is a female-dominated profession. Although I've vehemently fought with another poster on this bb about this exact same point (yes, SUBQ, I'm talking about you), it seems more and more that this may be a very valid point. Women are CATTY. I was in a sorority and bowed out after 2 years, sick of all the b.s. and constant crap. Nursing, if you really think about it, is just a huge sorority. It does depend on where you work, however. I notice there's less back-biting and more of a team effort in critical care areas. I guess that when people are more focused on keeping someone from DYING minute to minute, they don't get all caught up in the frivilous crap. THEN AGAIN...we had a situation on my unit recently where there was a bad outcome....rather than trying to support the nurse who'd been with the patient, several staff members seemed to take great pleasure in pointing out each and every possible mistake supposedly made by this nurse. It turns out, she didn't MAKE A MISTAKE. What happened was simply a crappy turn in the universe, and had nothing to do with this nurse giving poor or imprudent care. However, you'd never know it by how some of the staff treated her.
You're missing one thing, though. It really irritates me to hear that MD's, PA's, the military, etc. do not have this problem. BULLS***!!! Keep your ears open sometime...I PROMISE you you'll hear plenty of back-stabbing going on, just more subtle and underhanded. Sit around sometime and listen to a group of docs who've let their guard down...they're just as bad as the nurses, if not worse. And the MILITARY??!!?? ARE YOU NUTS??!!?? No way...they're *******' PSYCHOTIC sometimes with the hazing. I have family members that are marines, dated an army officer, and have a very good (female) friend who is an officer in the air force. The stories they tell could make your hair stand on end.
I don't know why nurses eat their young...they just do. It's sad and it's horrible and it's especially tragic now that we're in the midst of a crisis with staffing. I find that what gets me through the cat claws and knife-throwing contests is that there are some awesome men and women I work with, and the good outweigh the bad on most days. Just ignore 'em. Do your job, do it well, and let the cats and chickens keep yowling, clawing, and sqwaking. You'll be amazed at how quickly you learn to tune it out!!