Sorry you feel that way. Unfortunately though, it really happens. Not just in nursing, but in other professions too. Just wanted to share what I learned early on in my nursing career……….
1) Watch your back all the time
2) Keep your private life private. The work place is not really a place to find best friends. But if you do find one, good for you and still, watch your back.
3) Still related to number 2, don’t whine about your lazy husband that you are divorcing, your sister who asks too much money from you, your daughter who is in and out of rehab, or talk about how smoking weed as a teen-ager helped you relax. Believe me, all these will be blown out of proportion and it will haunt you later on. Don’t also talk about the million dollar home your Wall Street banker fiance bought for you. If you do, I’m sure everyone will be smiling and be "happy" for you-----and surely too, the next day, you’ll have the toughest and most critical patients.
4) Be civil to everyone and professional.
5) Document, document, document
6) Don’t make nasty comments about any one. You will be quoted and be in trouble.
7) If your co-worker goes to your boss to complain about you. Even if the boss says you’re okay, clarify things still. You’ll be surprised (or maybe not) what portion of the story is a lie.
8) If you are unsure of something, ask one to two persons who can be a mentor to you about it. If you ask many people, they will talk about how $tupi_ you are instead of being helpful to you.
9) Avoid adding them in your FB/social-networking pages
10) Avoid partying and drinking with them!