This is a hot topic in the geographical area where I now reside....we'll keep that location under wraps for now:) I am an experienced nurse-jumped around specialties more than I would like to admit to. While I'm willing to accept my faults for what they are, I can't help but wonder if "lateral violence" could be a contributing factor? For me, my personality I hate the thought that I could be a "victim." BUT-I also feel like I might be a potential target. I graduated my nursing program as valedictorian, I welcome change and challenge current (often outdated) practices, and I don't always do what I'm told just because someone else says so....all this being said-I'm seriously contemplating leaving the nursing profession because it feels like I'm in high school all over again-btw-I'm too old for that! Just wanted to post and ask for support-I'm finally in the specialty I've always wanted, but now I'm not so sure...has anyone else overcome the whispers, being ignored and ostracized-and come out on the other side with a positive outcome?