Ruby Vee, BSN 67 Articles; 14,022 Posts Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience. Jun 4, 2011 as a new nurse, i have to say that i have definitely encountered this! a lot of nurses are great mentors and have the patience and understanding to lend a helping hand or 'verify' something that a newbie is questioning. but....i have had a seasoned nurse look at me as if i had two heads when i asked her to step in the room while i suctioned my patient to make sure i was doing it properly. i was working on a cardiac unit, still in orientation, and had never suctioned a patient before. she looked wide-eyed at me and said "what do you mean you've never suctioned a patient?" and shook her head, sighed, and practically threw her hands in the air. it wasn't even that i was pulling her away from 'busy' work, she was supposed to be overseeing me that day. granted, it is extremely easy, but when attempting something for the first time, anyone can be nervous.i have been in positions of authority before and would never treat someone who was trying to learn in that way. at least i asked to be 'double-checked' when doing a new task, and didn't just go in and wing it.i just don't see how that one interaction with a more experienced nurse was "eating her young." it could be any one of a number of other things, including her reaction to an annoying attitude or behavior on your part. every interaction you don't like does not constitute "being eaten."