Bullying in Nursing

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Bullying in Nursing

A new effort explains how to fight it

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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Anyone involved in nursing knows that bullying happens. Isn’t this the profession where we “eat our young”? Different studies show that between 18 and 31 percent of nurses report bullying at all levels of practice.
Recently, the American Nurses Association (ANA) released a new publication entitled Bullying in the Workplace: Reversing a Culture, which is intended to help nurses understand and deal with a workplace practice that is both pervasive and destructive.

The publication’s topics include:

•    Recognizing acts of bullying.
•    Identifying the causes and consequences of bullying.
•    Learning about the responsibilities and expected responses of individual nurses, nurse managers and healthcare organizations.
•    Understanding zero-tolerance policies.


Nurses who are bullied are more likely to leave a job, but the nurse is not the only one affected. Bullying can cost organizations a lot of money in training costs, lost productivity and extra sick time. Several studies have indicated that bullying also affects patient care by causing disruptive behavior, medication errors and “near-misses.” These are effects no one can afford.

You can order a copy of the publication in print or eBook form from the ANA publishing website. Access to continuing education credits is included with the book at no additional charge. To accompany the publication, the ANA also offers sets of laminated 3.5 x 6 “Tip Cards” showing examples of bullying behavior in the workplace, with possible responses on the reverse sides.  

This article is from workingnurse.com.

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