I know this discussion has been brought up several times before and as I student, I realize that "young eating" exists. However, I never realized how serious it can be until I started working on a new floor as a CV tech in May. Apparently, the day shift nurses on this floor enjoy tortuing new grads. In the past year, they have had 5 new grads quit before finishing orientation. I think this is outrageous
This is a small unit (16 beds) and is usually staffed with 4 nurses and 2 techs when at capacity. The acuity is high and the patients are monitored but it seems like an ideal place to work, except for the vicious nurses.
I have worked some evening shifts with the night crew and they are terrific. One of the nurses there told me that when I get out of school how well I will like where I work will depend not on the patients but the people I work with. I'm really starting to see what he means the more I work with day shift. They are very quick to judge, rude, and have big time superiority complexes. The fact that they have "eaten" five new grads scares the bejesus out of me and I think I will be looking for employment elsewhere when I graduate.
Charles has made an excellent point about the competitiveness of nursing that starts in nursing school. As a BSN student currently, I have to admit that the program has made me fiercely competitive academically, even with some of my closest friends. Perhaps I will be more self-aware when I return to school in August and will be less cutthroat with my peers and more supportive.