Bullying in the Nursing Workplace
Updated: Feb 6, 2019
Bullying in the health care environment-specifically to nurses, can result in serious health-related outcomes not only to nurses but to everyone affected-- including patients who are under their care.
In Quine's article (2001) we note that nurses reported being bullied more than any other health care worker- staff, physicians, social workers and other health-related workers at the hospital. Mayhew and Chappell (2001) state that nurses were more vulnerable to bullying than other health care workers, because nurses were predominantly female (this may be changing), and perceived themselves to be powerless amongst physicians, administrators and other senior nurses.
The consequences of bullying in the nursing workplace can affect interpersonal relationships amongst the workers and the patients, but it will deleteriously affect the organizational climate, quality of patient care, financial loss and projected image of the workplace in the general health care setting.
What we need to do is for health care workers to better understand this dynamic and to build a framework so that nursing administrators and clinical supervisors can detect early signs of workplace bullying in the hospital environment.This will be done through educating all employees and by increasing one's knowledge of how to recognize bullying in the health care environment. Otherwise patient care in our environment will be sorely impacted.
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