After 20 years in the profession, I have seen quite a few scenarios that would curl students' hair if they heard them. As stated above, it's the person's response that can make or break the situation. I switched hospitals entirely after my first GN position, had a rough start in the second one but I made up my mind I was GOING to win these people over, come heck or high water.
When I left the other facility, I was told to consider another profession, not just another area of nursing. I had worked too hard for too long to give up. It just takes a long time to win people's respect; it usually helps to mature in the process, too--I found that out the hard way.
Remembering how I was treated makes me think twice when I see students, CNA's, new grads, etc., and I try to deal with them accordingly. In light of the future of nursing, we can't afford to continue the cycle of eat or be eaten!