In my experience, there are bullies in all fields. It's terrible when you are new to a stressful field and need guidance and get negativity back. I wish I could give you better advice, but I'm new to nursing too. I had a similar experience but it was outpatient. My first job after graduating.
It was a busy office, but super easy job. I worked there for a few weeks and everything seemed great. However, there were a few bad eggs in the office. One day a nurse who not only bullied the staff but patients set her sights on me. She started watching everything I did, claiming I had no idea what I was doing. She loudly announced in front of patients that I was taking vitals all wrong (seriously? How did I graduate without knowing how to take vitals?), She started quizzing me on medications and even though I did give her the correct answers, she accused me of making mistakes. She was extremely condescending. I wasn't collecting lab specimens right, I was taking too long at the nurses station, I wasn't doing strep checks right because she didn't hear anyone "chocking". She watched me document information in the computer and announced to everyone I was documenting incorrectly. I was actually documenting the correct way, but there are two separate ways to get to the same documentation location in the program. It was taking everything in my power not to turn around and scream "What is your problem!?"
Instead of stooping to her level, I asked her to talk to me with our supervisor.
We spoke with my supervisor, I explained the situation and she vehemently denied any wrongdoing, even though she had been breathing down my neck all day. She claimed that I was making errors right and left, that I needed to be "retrained". I calmly informed by supervisor that this was not true. The bully unprofessionally started in on a tirade that she used to work in an abortion clinic and has 20 years experience. My supervisor actually apologized to this woman and asked to talk to me alone. Then she told me, because I was new, I should just take her feedback with a smile.This wasn't feedback- the woman was harassing me.
After that some of the other office staff started acting cold towards me. It progressively got worse. I tried, I really tried to make up for "tattling" on the bully. I brought in coffee and snacks, I offered to help others out when they seemed busy and I had a spare minute, but it was obvious I had been singled out. I would walk into the break room and everyone would leave. I didn't know what to do.
A few days later I came to work as scheduled and was locked out of the office. The front desk girls ignored me when I knocked. I was let in by my supervisor ten minutes later and told that my job was terminated without an explanation. I asked if I had done anything wrong, and she said no. I asked if I could resign instead, she said yes. Then a week later they sent me an email saying they could no longer accept my resignation.
I'm so frustrated because I feel like I'll never find another job. How do I explain this to a potential employer?
If I could do it over again, I would try to make the best of the situation and grow a thicker skin. I wouldn't react to my bully. Sometimes people do it to get a reaction. People retaliate when you report their actions to higher ups. It's ugly and a reality of life.
It seems like in nursing there is this attitude that nurses should shut up, not rock the boat. I wish it wasn't like that, but in my experience, it is. I hope some other hospital based nurses give you some useful advice.