I have experienced the same thing in my 18 years of nursing. I am reluctant to comment on the remarks here about gender but I think it is a factor. I am a "male" nurse, as I am often referred to by patients. I have noticed that when working on a floor, pysch unit, dialysis clinic, that the women didn't quite know how to take me so they left me alone and even began to see me as a resource and an informal leader. However, in the critical care areas and ER is was like swimming with sharks. Lots of backstabbing, petty competition for recognition etc., and the all-to-often/common watchdog for those who make errors, and they seemed to revel in it when they find one. I have been called at 2AM to see if I gave a multivitamin on the day shift!! Now that I am in administration I deal with the DON or Chief Nursing Officer, usually female, and when they find out I am a nurse it seems that they have an issue with that, they are suspicious of me at first but after they see that I am very supportive of nursing and an advocate for patients they relax and again see me as a resource. In dealing with the critical care nurses, I think displaying confidence in your skills, knowledge, expertise, supporting your co-workers even when they are not supportive in return, and being able to answer any comment or accusation with accurate and up-to-date clinically sound statements will win you their respect and they will tend to back off. I don't know about support groups for victims of bullying and all of that. I have never seen myself as a victim or "less than" while at work. I think that if you accept yourself, you are at peace with yourself, you are confident with your place in life, and you are positive, it shows to those around you. People are attracted to people that make them feel good about themselves. If you are one of those people, you will have supportive colleagues.