I, too, have heard, felt, witnessed, experienced the feeding frenzy around new and/or inexperienced staff memebers. Over the last 30 years, I have come to understand that RNs are HUMAN first and nurses second. Is this an important consideration? For me, yes, because it lends some plausible explanation to the issue of personal destruction of other people. I have found that the unhappy nurses are just as unhappy outside of nursing, that the nurses with personality issues in the workplace have just as many issues outside the workplace, but somehow these negative issues in the workplace get rewarded. We were taught as nursing students to treat the patient with dignity, but somehow missed the fact that all persons, including our nursing colleagues, must be treated with dignity and respect too. Simple, honest, open, direct communication is the easiest way to combat the negativity, but the hardest to learn. But it must start with the individual. I can not take responsibility for any one else but me or blame any one else for my shortcomings. Somehow we, as a group, have lost the ability to look inside for answers. In fact, we may even function at the level of "the oppressed group" behaviorally. I work on me first and hope that my role modeling of positive behaviors (as I learn and enact them) gives others pause to reflect.