I have been a LPN for almost 20 years, and while I have experienced some intermittent questionable behavior in the past, I never experienced BULLYING, on a daily basis, until my last job, which I left, after only 5 months of working there. There was a ring-leader
(who by the way, was an MA, not a nurse), and she would publicly bash me in front of other staff, and loud enough that patients could hear it. " I should go back to school, apparently, it doesn't take much." I tried to take her aside and discuss it privately, but she said "Drop it," repeatedly, which, after several attempts, I did, but went to my manager after I was unsuccessful. She then told my manager I was " naggy" because I tried to address her actions privately. She would also ignore me, or walk away from me while I was trying to talk to her. She had a huge chip on her shoulder and resented me ( I was the only nurse in a MA driven doctor's office). Every time I tried to address her behaviors, it only made things worse, and she would make all kinds of snide comments. She had a secret stash of supplies that she would not clue anyone else in on where these things were located, she would not show me how to use certain pieces of equipment. The breaking point was when I did something to help her (although I was really doing it to help a patient, not her), she told me that I only did it " to be smart." As opposed to being a team player... Anyway, she was well aware that she was a bully, and wore her bully badge with pride. I heard her mentioning it to another MA, and in a joking demeanor. From the time I walked in the door, there was nothing but disrespect and resentment directed at me. I felt like I was constantly being undermined, and at times felt like I was being sabotaged . I always gave her credit for being smart, but , man did she have a negative and disruptive attitude. At some point, I stopped trying to address her behaviors, and started concentrating my efforts on getting the heck out of there. I did what I had to do to get out of a bad situation.