Saturday, May 3, 2014
Nurse Bullies in the Workplace (Research, Video 2:35)
Bullying in the nursing profession seems to be far more prevalent than many realize. Why does bullying take place? What are the outcomes? How can bullying be prevented? Reported this year, research from Workplace Safety and Health states that bullying in the nursing workplace has been identified as a factor that affects patient outcomes and increases occupational stress and staff turnover.
Research on nurse bullying was done to assess registered nurses' exposure to workplace bullying. Pacific Northwest state professional nurses' association membership was solicited. Forty-eight percent of respondents admitted to being bullied in the workplace during the previous six months, with respondents choosing "being ignored or excluded" as the most common negative experience in the workplace.
The results of this study suggest that workplace bullying is a continuing concern. Reduction strategies must be devised as a means of retaining nurses and preventing these adverse outcomes. One strategy shown to be effective in curbing bullying is assertiveness and aggression training for nurses. The following video further explains nurses bullying other nurses and emphasizes the need to improve the environment in healthcare workplaces in general.
Frances Shani Parker, Author
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