I have to say that I don't agree with the last reply. I experienced some of the same issues when I first started on my unit. I got lots of "Watch out for ____, they are hard to work with, etc." Also because I was new, I was scared, and lacked confidence in myself.
After a particularly bad report (to a nurse who has a rep for being hard on newbies), I finally had had enough. I am not a doormat, and if I overlooked something I am happy to stay to get it done, etc.
Later on, i worked with this person overnight (16 hour shift for me). And we got along great.
I have learned to stand up for myself, and don't care what others think. I am not rude nasty, or demeaning. If I have the answer, you will get it. If I don't know, then I will say so. Because I won't let others walk on me, I now have gained their respect, and they rarely give me a hard time anymore.
If I had kept my head down, and my mouth shut, I would still be having problems today with these people because I would have shown them that I would let them do it.
Like anywhere, nurses can be bullies. Like bullies anywhere, if you stand up to them they will eventually look elsewhere for an easy target.