Posts Tagged ‘nursing’

Guest Blog: Break the Silence, Report Workplace Bullying

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.



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Monday, June 17th, 2013

An Ongoing Problem in the Health Care Workplace

By Jennifer Larson
June 13, 2013

When children repeatedly torment other children at school, it’s called bullying, and it’s deemed a significant problem. Research shows that children who are bullied tend to experience increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression.

Unfortunately, bullying doesn’t stop at the playground gates, and children aren’t the only ones who engage in bullying behavior.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) reports that between 18 and 31 percent of nurses have experienced bullying behavior at work. Like schoolyard bulling, workplace bullying involves a real or perceived imbalance of power and repetition of the negative behavior. The behavior can be overt, such as yelling or threatening, or it can be more insidious and passive, like refusing to cooperate or perform necessary tasks.

Whatever forms it takes, bullying is a serious, complex and ongoing problem in the health care workplace that results in demoralization and decreased job satisfaction, as well as feelings of isolation, anxiety, sadness and depression.

Bullying can also result in harm to patients. In a 2008 Sentinel Alert that addressed disruptive behaviors, The Joint Commission noted that “intimidating and disruptive behaviors can foster medical errors and (lead) to preventable adverse outcomes.”



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May 6-12 Nurses Week recognizing Caring & Bullied health professionals

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

May 6 launched Nurses Week, promoted by the American Nurses Association. It’s a time to honor some of the most selfless working professionals you will ever know. Florence Nightingale was the founder of the profession. The 2012 theme for the Week is Advocating, Leading, Caring.

The sad part is that for all their caring and altruism that benefits all of us, the sacrifices of personal health and workplace status are staggering. Nurses are the primary targets of workplace bullying in the healthcare world. Not only do arrogant physicians (lords of the trade) pummel nurses, nurses often mistreat their own. They call it “lateral violence.”

WBI salutes Nurses for understanding workplace bullying and for being such strong advocates for our legislation in states to prevent and correct bullying. Thank you.


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Guest blog: Bullying and Nurses

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Destructive Workplace Behaviors and Turnover in Nursing by Cheryl Painter, MBA/HCM/NHCE, BSHA, PhD candidate, published in the Arizona Healthcare Executives, Spring 2009.

Destructive workplace behaviors contribute to the inability to retain nurses in the healthcare environment because of the stress associated with these behaviors. Briles (2003) defined the problem of destructive workplace behavior as “working manners, habits, and styles that can directly and negatively affect the bottom line of a unit, department, and the entire organization” (Red Ink Behavior section 2).



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