Once I understood what it was you were actually saying, I decided to try my hand at answering this question. I am not a nurse. I have, however, been in a situation where the elders in my current station in life are fairly unkind to me. While I looked up to them for guidance and mentoring, they looked down on me as green, inexperienced, and just plain stupid. In some cases, I think the more jaded among them saw my idealism and wanted to squash it out of me before someone else had the chance to do so. It's almost like they thought, "No one was around to show me the ropes. Let her learn the hard way like I did." And, rather than letting the world teach me the hard lessons it had taught them, they felt compelled to teach me themselves through their behavior.