I don't think nurses eat their young. New graduate nurses entering the work environment are entering challenging and stressul work environments and may perceive it as such. I graduated in 1988 from a Diploma program, with weekly clinicals in the hospital. I had the opportunity to see and experience hospital nursing so I was not as surprised when I started working as an RN. I knew to expect short staffing, challenging personalities and working under stressful conditions. One quickly learns that theory and reality is different and assertiveness skills are just as important as caring. It's believed that warm caring people make great nurses and so it may be, but the reality is that there are so many other characteristics that are equally important. I sometimes wonder why people expect when they become nursese. Add to this, a nursing presceptor with their own set of patient's and yours and its not the ideal situation for new graduates to learn. Our customer driven healthcare enviroments only add to the challenges and stress. It's not only expected that we care for the ill, but now we provide customer service to patient's and guest. I'm sure there are some evil nurses out there and I'm sorry if your a victum of bullying. Taking advantage of someone's inexperience is not cool. However, most times, if you look at your environment and your coworkers response and actions, you will find that most nurses are not eating their young, their reacting to stressors in their environment. This is not an excuse for the behavior, but it may help you to understand this and not take things personally in the workplace. If you want to succeed, develope some emotional skills to help you cope with situations before they occur and how you will respond appropriately. What will you say and do when an angry pt. tells you that you don't know what your doing, when someone criticizes your report, when the oncoming shift ask why something is not finished. Sometimes, scripting, expecting the unexpected will help you cope better in difficult situations.