they get away with it, bullies and manipulative, many need ongoing psychiatric help. there is a high rate of addiction in nursing to sex drugs and etoh among other things. and dont forget smoking. frequent drug testing and breaking up of nasty cliques would be a good start.. find a good nurse, almost always is one, watch how they survive and develop your own tactics for survival.. always learn as much as possible and remember you are doing this because it is a career and a calling for you, they may just need a job!! "technical nurses" is how i refer to them. trust me that they will weed themselves out one by one... i have found better nurses in peds but they have drama too... stay with your patient and go the extra mile every single chance you get! dont look for glory, just do it because its the right thing to do, trust me people with respect you and secretly maybe wish they had the guts to be leaders not followers.. if u look at hx, many leaders pay high prices!! but would you want to ever be in court or in front of a family and know you didnt do your absolute best?