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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
By Sarah Yuengling, RN, MSN 9/6/13
Workplace Bullying University Alumni
Save your co-workers life; report bullying. Suicide and Post Traumatic Stress do occur from being bullied in the workplace. Nurses take an oath to do no harm to others. This includes protecting your co-workers from being bullied. Reach out your hand and help your co-workers so they can receive counseling.
The importance and impact of bullying in the workplace is significant to nursing in many ways. Bullying threatens the very foundation, of not just nurses, but its business ethics, structure, and productivity. Nursing is a sensitive structure that demands teamwork, dedication, and drive.
The rise of bullying threatens to create barriers in nursing that will result in a negative way. This impact bullying has on nurses impedes their ability to function professionally by interfering with teamwork, morale,and personal health. Prevention is the only way to stop or eliminate bullying. An anti-bullying program must become an integral part of nursing training by deeply imbedding the need to identify and prevent this destructive action in the workplace.
A nurse takes the oath to do no harm to others. Nurses dedicate their hearts and minds to practice faithfully in their profession. The qualities a nurse must possess are to be compassionate, sympathetic,and empathetic towards others. These qualities are especially important for nurse managers so they can guide and mentor nurses along their career path. A nurse manager who lacks these qualities and does not support their nurses, creates problems in their working environment.
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Again advocates of stopping psychological violence at work must face the reality that organizational life is part of societal life. It is all connected. Massacres remind us of the American brand of violence that is all too frequent. Bullying pales in comparison, but it is a form of violence. When we demand that it stop, we have to acknowledge the societal context.
Moral decency trumps NRA distorted rationales for availability of military combat weapons for citizens. Buried in the saturation media coverage of the Sept. 16 Washington Navy Yard massacre was a press conference by Med Star Washington Hospital Center CEO and Chief Medical Officer, Janis Orlowski, M.D.
I first heard her comments on the radio. She was remarkable in that her voice wavered as she spoke eloquently about “evil” visited upon families when death and injuries of the innocents in the typical American massacres. She said that we all have to “work together” to stop it. The “it” was unclear. Then, in response to a question, she began the statement captured in the Associated Press video below. As soon as she said that we used to fight with fists, then knives, then guns, the networks cut away from her.
She had uttered the forbidden 4-letter word: GUNS. As a trauma expert, she called massacres “senseless trauma,” and hoped that her trauma center could someday be put out of business because massacres (i.e., gunshot wounds) might be stopped. Emergency physicians have long lobbied for gun control because they see the wholesale slaughter of humans that guns allow.
Dr. Orlowski’s full statement about guns is captured in the video below. We should all listen and dive into the “gun control debate.”
Tags: gun control, guns, gunshot wounds, Janis Orlowski, Med Star Washington Hospital Center, trauma, Washington & Lee, Washington Navy Yard
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Friday, September 13th, 2013
Kansas City, Missouri police chief Darryl Forté wrote an eloquent and thoughtful blog about workplace bullying in police services. His perspective and words speak for themselves below.
Heavy on my heart this morning is the subject of bullying – not cyber bullying, bullying at school or even sibling bullying – but workplace bullying. Bullying is not solely germane to those more commonly discussed areas. It frequently occurs in the workplace.
I began writing this blog at 2:39 this morning. For some unknown reason, the topic was weighing on me with a sense of restlessness that I haven’t felt in months. As I tried to discount the heaviness on my heart and to rationalize the restlessness as excitement for being on a few days of vacation, I realized I had to share the realities and perception of workplace bullying, especially in a law enforcement environment.
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
We have explained in detail elsewhere why the Workplace Bullying Institute is not neutral in the war between unsolicited aggressors (bullies, mobbers) and involuntary victims (targets). WBI is target-centric. We’ve chosen sides. Bullies have their own powerful, funded support groups; they call them employers.
Now comes an eloquent letter from a bullied target posted by WBI colleague David Yamada at his Minding the Workplace blog. Lily, the author, explains painfully why she deserves our help. How could a caring human being believe otherwise?
Tags: David Yamada, Gary Namie, Minding the Workplace, workplace bullying, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Workplace bullying takes a tremendous toll on targets, and everyone deals with the stress differently.
Shorty B uses music to cope:
“Music is like therapy for me, and that includes listening to it as well as writing it. We all get bullied–it takes many forms and it is not just kids. Writing and performing helps me deal with stress–it’s a total release for me. That’s one reason I do it. If this song helps someone deal with a stressful situation, then that means so much to me!”
Take a listen to Shorty B’s song about her workplace bullying experience entitled You’re the Boss.
To purchase the full song, follow this link.
Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
The Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) proudly announces its partnership with Christina Cha, Final Four contestant on CBS-TV Survivor: One World, as its national celebrity advocate. WBI advocates for American workplace changes to prevent destructive abusive conduct.
“Christina experienced bullying firsthand on network television but never wavered from showing class and personal dignity,” remarked Dr. Gary Namie, WBI Director. “We look forward to her encouraging others who suffer in silence far from the glare of a national spotlight.”
As fans of Survivor know, Cha was targeted for bullying during her time as a contestant on the show. On national television, Cha endured an onslaught of brutal verbal attacks that even made audiences uncomfortable. These acts were beyond the scope of fair competition, they were acts of bullying: deliberate and cruel and without provocation. Drawing on great inner strength, Cha never retaliated, but kept playing the game honestly and fairly, ultimately outplaying the bullies to make it to the Final Four.
Cha also experienced workplace bullying when she was a top sales executive. “Bullying is something that happens to adults as well as children” Cha said, “It happened to me. It’s real and it can be debilitating. I’m proud to support WBI that offers tangible solutions to bullied individuals and employers.”
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
War Isn’t Entertainment and Shouldn’t Be Treated Like It Is
An Open Letter to Mr. Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, General Wesley Clark (ret.), Producer Mark Burnett and others involved in “Stars Earn Stripes”:
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
By Jay Galione, Director, Gone Postal
I sifted through the barrage of news stories on the Postal “default” last week hoping to find some real journalism. Sadly, I didn’t. Instead, I came across the same tired citations from official sources like the Postmaster General, the National Union heads, and the players in Congress.
Here’s the skinny: Wracked with a financial burden imposed by the Bush administration* the Postal Service defaults on a multibillion dollar annual payment, following the greatest recession since The Great Depression.
Monday, August 6th, 2012
On the heels of news in the Denver Post that the psychiatrist treating Holmes, the Aurora Colorado shooter, had warned the university Threat Assessment team that she had helped create about the danger Holmes posed.
Guest author: Felix P. Nater, Nater Associates, Security Management Consultants
Whenever I hear Threat Assessment a red flag goes up. I wonder whether those involved understand the gravity of their work. While I do not intend to be judgmental, I see my role as an advisor as helping companies prepare for negative outcomes by managing their situations.
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
Workplace Bullying Litigation – A Nasty War of Attrition
By Luke Williams, July 27, 2012, Australian Broadcast Corp (ABC, The Drum)
What’s worse than being bullied in your workplace? Making a complaint about it.
Countless victims say that when they make bullying complaints internally, their employer has a tendency to take sides; either ignoring, suppressing or over-reacting to their complaints.
Employer responses to allegations of workplace bullying often become an extension of the bullying culture – exacerbating the cruel, calculating and costly behaviour which created the very problem to begin with.