On one of my most recent podcasts, I made a 2 part program about nurse bullying. Why? Because it is prevalent in today’s nursing profession and most hospitals DO KNOW it exists. What they neglect to do is to have any kind of policy and procedure outlining bullying behavior. Back when sexual discrimination was new on the scene, EVERY human resource (HR) employee was given hours of education and told, “we have a zero tolerance policy on this”. I am curious as to why hospitals, academic facilities and schools don’t do more about this issue. In nursing, there are STILL old school nurses that think it’s cool to “eat their young”. I have news for them, it was never cool, and I (as an older and experienced nurse) support the newer RN’s as they come into our profession. No one came into nursing knowing everything. I tell everyone “I will never know everything!” Nursing is about giving a hand out and a hand up so that we can all take great care of our patients. We all have the SAME goal at hand. Besides, teaching and supporting the newer RN’s gives me a sense that I am doing my part for the next generation. If I am ever a patient when I’m old, maybe a RN that I taught someday will be taking care of me. If that is the case, I am confident they will have amazing clinical skills, because I believe in supporting, nurturing, mentoring and coaching the new RN’s from novice to expert. That’s how I roll.