I think that I have said this somewhere before, but I truly believe that the negative behaviors attributed to nurses "eating their young," is largely due to the way females are socialized. Since nursing is a predominantly female profession, it is no surprise that passive/aggressive and splitting are among favorite defensive/offensive power maneuvers.
Male nurses rarely exhibit these behaviors because in our society, males are still preferred over females. Typically, [and you won't like me for saying this] male nurses are still seen by other males in traditionally male roles as effeminate. A male nurse is still a male, and unless he networks like a female, he is still regarded as being more superior to his female colleagues - and is basically left out of the "retribution triangle." First a female nursing instructor that threatens and uses coercion initiates you as a student. Your self-esteem takes a beating, but you manage to graduate from nursing school
. A employee supposedly precepts you into your new role as a licensed nurse, but instead, she vents her frustrations on you, finds fault in whatever you do because you are just one more burden placed upon her. It's just easier to do things herself, instead of trying to explain things to you. She has her own patient load, without having to carry the burden of your patients and a new grad. Finally, you survive and incredibly thrive despite what you have been through. You swear that you will never treat anyone the way you were treated. But then, one exceptionally horrendous shift, you are assigned a new grad - and the chain continues!
I've tried to break that chain several times, but those links are strong - forged under fire. We all want to stand out from the rest, but unfortunately, kindness and loyalty these days are considered feminine.
Alas, for to appear masculine is to appear strong. Usually, males will disagree on issues, and not make issue of people. Other than in beer commercials, have you ever seen groups of males sitting around, talking about what whom is wearing, their significant other, or Tupperware parties? Who is giving whom the "Blues?"
Keeping the Faith