My advice to you....this is going to be everywhere...almost. I can't classify every LTC facility into one sterotypical prototype but, but more often than not this is the case, and in nursing in general alot of the times. The longer you work in that type of environment with those types of people the more you start to tune out negitivity and focus on the task at hand...quality patient care. I am actually grateful for all the "crappy" work places and people because it has made me a better nurse and a more focused person. In places like that if you worry about the negative, out of order things going on around you, your job would never be completed. So go back to work, focus on the task at hand, learn to be a better person, enjoy your profession, seize learning opportunities, and tune out the people who are happiest in controversy.
Good luck and keep us posted.
P.S. I have found in my experiences with negative people at the workplace, they thrive to feel the need to be more important than everyone else,so instead of letting them make me mad or upset, I make them feel silly. That is probably the most effective "ego busting, get off of my back" tactic. No one likes to feel silly, but they're trying to upset you or make you mad, so don't give in.
[This message has been edited by lorrie (edited January 17, 2001).]