Actually, this may be PART of why older nurses are accused of eating their young. It pisses us off to see the new hires getting schedules they want, often the same same pay, at the expense of the senior staff.....
I'm easy to get along with, but preferential treatment gets to me.
I have trained several young nurses in the ICU whom I didn't think were the greatest specimens but I was told to train them, and I did my best. This is no easy task being charge, having your own load and two green trainees on your shift.
Both were famous for moving about the unit with their cell phones permanently attached to their ears, ignoring alarms and symptoms til it was too late, seldom assisting other nurses, and propping their feet up on their balloon pumps and reading through their shift.....when I counseled them on these behaviors, my director told ME to get off their backs!
The hardest was watching patients suffer because of their "I don't care" attitudes....since I got no support from above, I began to give them the easiest patients so I wouldn't have to worry so much...but then they complained I wasn't orienting them to the difficult patients. <sigh> Gee, I wonder why...
They both stayed their obligatory year to collect the 5K sign on bonus (and they told us all constantly this was their plan from the start) then off they went leaving us tired and short (again). I just don't see much in it for us old timers to put a lot of energy into training new folks with this attitude...as they literally do a brain drain on us, then leave. Both these nurses are working critical care agency for the big $$ now.
I'm always glad to train someone who is eager, has a good work ethic and is a team player. Why don't we get many of those anymore?
Is the bar is being lowered because of the 'nursing shortage'? I would say yes, IME, but I also don't feel schools are doing enough to prepare the student nurses.
Sorry so long...I'll step down now..sorry for my 'rant'.