I have been a nurse for almost a year now and nursing is a second career for me. I can say in my former business, telecommunications, there was definately a hostile environment toward anyone new. I myself felt it toward the new people, but recognition is valuable and I went out of my way to be welcoming and within a few minutes the hostile feeling toward "the other" went away. I just think it is human nature to be wary and unwelcoming to stranger, invader, "other." However, we should be intelligent, perceptive, empathetic and professional enough to overcome base instincts! As a nursing student in clinicals I encountered harshness only once or twice, but I witnessed it by other nurses on "agency" nurses and also on an experienced nurse who had just started working at the hospital. The nurses were so unkind and unhelpful to these people. And an excellent point was made here - a patient's health, wellbeing, and possibly even their life is at stake! In one instance the agency nurse had tried many ways during night shift to get help with some equipment that was malfunctioning, she was ignored and not helped, and the next day it was all the talk about how remiss she was because the problem wasn't addressed. The other was a nurse with patient in severe respiratory problem and hypoglycemic and she could get no help; the code team stood around and made fun of her! "I think she (the nurse) needs the code." It was bizarre and we (the nursing students) were appalled.