nurses eat their young

by Dairian Dairian (New) New

How often have you witnessed or experienced peer to peer bullying as a nurse?


Specializes in NICU. Has 7 years experience. 4,066 Posts

Never in four years of nursing.



Has 37 years experience. 3,413 Posts

Never in 34 years of nursing.

Davey Do

Specializes in Psych (25 years), Medical (15 years). Has 43 years experience. 1 Article; 10,002 Posts

Welcome to, Darian!

This is a subject which has been discussed numerous times in threads, articles, and humorous images.

Good luck!

Davey Do

Specializes in Psych (25 years), Medical (15 years). Has 43 years experience. 1 Article; 10,002 Posts


Tenebrae, BSN, RN

Specializes in Mental Health, Gerontology, Palliative. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 1,770 Posts

Once as a student, never in my six years of nursing


Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 46 years experience. 7,015 Posts

To be perfectly honest, never. As a matter of fact, somehow I made it through a few decades before I even heard of NETY or bully. I've heard of buddy in nursing, though. That is what the hospital called the nurse assigned to help you after classroom orientation. The medical students and residents had preceptors. The nurses had buddies. Maybe that was their subtle way of reminding the old bats to act like a buddy when they really would rather act like a bully.

The above is not intended to dismiss anyone else's experience with this. I've read some pretty horrendous examples here.

sallyrnrrt, ADN, RN

Specializes in critical care, ER,ICU, CVSURG, CCU. 2,395 Posts

In 46* years, never


traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 30 years experience. 164 Articles; 21,155 Posts

I think you might need to add more to this in order for us to help.

I've been in nursing for 26 years and nope never been bullied.


14,633 Posts

Very, very, very little in >30 years of nursing (no more so, I'm sure, than occurs in other fields). I've seen plenty of nurses bullied by physicians, but that's a different matter. Can we please just drop this tired old cliche'?



1,381 Posts

Never in 8 years. Well, seen one bullied but not for being new.



354 Posts

What do you define as bullying? Some young nurses these days consider constructive criticism to be "bullying"....