Congratulations! You’ve managed to graduate from nursing school and pass the NCLEX-RN exam. In addition to that, you have successfully obtained a new-grad RN position after submitting thousands of applications. You’re now gainfully employed and about to embark on your new journey as a registered nurse. You’re very elated and excited to embark on this journey—and you deserve it. You have worked very hard to get here. However, that elation and excitement is short-lived due to the fact that you’re a new registered nurse, and as the saying goes, nurses eat their young.

Bullying towards new nurses isn’t new, and it’s a major problem. There have been many documented occurrences of new-grad bullying, but it’s not alleviating the problem. Unfortunately, this action is accepted and often swept underneath the rug. It’s as if the field of nursing is a sorority and new grads have to undergo a pledging process. It’s not enough that you’ve battled the trenches of nursing school and proven yourself to be a safe and sufficient nurse via passing boards. Now, you have to undergo the brutality and wrath of a negative, experienced nurse who sees you as an annoyance and, at times, a threat.

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