My way of dealing with it is to get as far from clinical nursing as I can. I truely don't care how much inexperience floats around clinical nursing anymore. Heaven help the nursing unit that gets one of my family members as a patient- I will be eyes wide open and the first mistake I find, I am going right to a lawyer and informing them to investigate the how the nursing staff gets along( nurses aides aides included, I don't care that they don't have a license- they can be sued also) I don't care to teach, mentor or precept. I am thoroughly fed up and disqusted by it. I have been on the recipient end of this holy crap one too many times and it has cost me too much. Loss of jobs, loss of income, loss of spouse and a mammed mother. Because a bunch of fools can't behave themselves.
I would love to see the malpractice lawyers investigating a malpractice or negligence case start delving into the interpersonal dynamics of what is going on - in these clinical areas. The managment doesn't stop it, the nurses themselves won't stop it. Let a few of these insecure maladapted little bullys get dragged into a law suit because the object of their bullying entertainment was distracted and emotionally upset by this crap.