Just wondering if other people have experienced this as well. Lately, it seems as though there is a war of the generations happening in my OR. We have lots of older nurses and techs who loudly proclaim their seniority, but these are the same people who flit around, not doing much of anything. The main claim to fame for some of these people is that they know how to hide, and are gifted at flying under the radar. We have some wonderful older ones as well, who love to teach and are receptive to new people. The "bad" ones basically try to make new people feel like garbage, with the explanation of "I got treated like crap, therefore you must put up with it too" They fail to realize that, actually, we DON'T have to put up with it and most of us have enough backbone to realize it. I was raised to respect the older(but not necessarily wiser!) people, so I've thus far remained professional and haven't told any of them to stick it where the sun don't shine, but the ignorance of some of these people floors me. Do they not realize that if they manage to alienate the younger generation of nurses and techs, there will be none of us around to take call etc? Most people of my generation realize that workplaces have no loyalty towards the workers, therefore, most of us will not put up with a facility's nonsense for 20 plus years. I was raised to respect unions(dad was a firefighter) but part of me thinks it's a good thing this place isn't union. If it were, the lazy people who holler about their seniority would be even more obnoxious! OK,(slowly counts to 10...) I feel better now. I know that really, it's probably more of a personality thing-the lazy ones were probably just as lazy when they were younger, but I'm getting so tired of respect being given solely based on age and the fact that you managed not to get fired. Actual job performance doesn't seem to mean much lately..