eat (one's) young

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eat (one's) young

To neglect, betray, or harshly criticize members of a group that are of a lower status or position. The more experienced nursing staff has been accused of eating their young, treating trainees and new nurses with sometimes intolerable contempt. As the business crumbled, the CEOs and members of management began eating their young out of desperation, indiscriminately firing anyone who had less than five years' experience in the company.
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I thought it would be a good way to give back and to make sure at least one student would see we really do not eat our young. I do think it is a good way to give back and to usher a new nurse into the profession and I also know it was so much more for me.
There is a saying out there that nurses eat their young --let's not eat our young. Rather, we should encourage, support, and mentor them, and provide them with the tools for success as they begin their journey into nephrology nursing.
We are one of the only professions that "eat our young." To succeed we will have to bridge the gap between Emerging and Seasoned nurses and create a culture that cultivates future nursing leaders that not only have skill but finesse.
When I told the organizers of this symposium I wished to take as my topic the problems of disagreement among feminists, they put me on a panel they had titled "Why Do We Eat Our Young?: Journals As a Feminist Battleground." Like Katherine Franke, whose paper also proceeds from the premise that "we disagree badly as feminists," (1) I, too, will resist the title given our panel by changing one word in it and explaining why the given title will not do.
"We like to eat our young." And apparently the not so young ...