I have done a good job in my department and have a good solid reputation at work (RN for 17 years, 3 of those years in my current department- a GI Lab). I applied to be the department Supervisor and while there were many people who were supportive of my bid, there were a lot of people that weren't. Unfortunately, our department is very cliquey and gossipy (I stay out of the clique) thanks to some of the millenials that have taken over our department (this is not meant to be an attack on millenials, but rather just a statement of the particular age group involved). The millennials (many of whom have been nurses for under 5 years and have been in our department for two years or less) believe that they should be able to dictate what goes on in our department (even when I am the charge nurse, they come and argue to question my decisions). They also seem to have the Manager (who is in her 30s) wrapped around their finger, even though some of them exhibit some questionable behavior (I.e. laziness, manipulativeness, bullying, etc).
I was initially enthusiastic about the job and I have the department and the staff's best interests at heart. I intend to be a Supervisor who will help the staff as much as possible to make sure that they are taken care of because a happy staff that trusts their leadership is also a productive staff. But the bullying, the comments being made, and the staff members that are clearly determined to be unhappy about this is making me feel leery about taking on the position. I have always considered myself strong and I don't usually care about other's opinions, but I am concerned that people might try to set me up to fail. It seems like it could just end up being more aggravation than it's worth. Any thoughts, advice, or opinions would be welcome.