Not just “eating our young”: Workplace bullying strikes experienced nurses, too

Even though nursing is a profession of caring and compassion, bullying exists in many forms in it. Bullying threatens teamwork, morale, communication, and, most important, patient safety. The playground bully from our childhood has...

Nursing practice and work environment

Bullying has long existed in health care; it was the ugly secret that no one wanted to talk about. However, the culture of acceptance and silence that accompanied it is finally being broken. The...
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Keeping nurses healthy, safe, and well

To keep patients healthy, safe, and well, registered nurses (RNs) have to be healthy, safe, and well themselves. Yet RNs face health, safety, and wellness risks unique to their profession. This article outlines how...

ANA releases new position statement on workplace bullying

On Aug. 31, the American Nurses Association released a new position statement “Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence”. Read more and access the statement.

A bold call to action: Mobilizing nurses and employers to prevent and address incivility,...

As registered nurses (RNs), you probably agree that taking action to promote and sustain a culture of civility, respect, and safety is paramount to advancing the future of the nursing profession, to building a...

Intervention reduces ‘mean girl’ bullying

Researchers have developed and tested an intervention that effectively decreases relational aggression (“mean girl” bullying) among teen girls. The intervention, Growing Interpersonal Relationships through Learning and Systemic Supports (GIRLSS), is a 10-week, group counseling,...

Bullying toolkit available

Access “Civility Tool-kit: Resources to Empower Nurse Leaders to Identify, Intervene, and Prevent Workplace Bullying," supported by the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and administered by the...

You can help stop the cycle of teen bullying

Bullying refers to repeated negative activity or aggression intended to harm or bother someone that the aggressor perceives as less powerful. In many cases, bullying victims are harassed because of certain characteristics others perceive...

Study: Effects of childhood bullying persist into adulthood

A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry sheds light on the effects of childhood bullying in adults by assessing victims of bullying, those who were victims and bullies, and bullies. Victims of bullying had...

Defeating horizontal violence in the emergency department

The authors share how they defused horizontal violence in their ED.

Environement, health, and safety

Bullying is an abusive behavior that threatens the safety of healthcare workers. Nurses should examine their own interactions to see if they are exhibiting this undesirable behavior.

Bullies in health care beware

Bullies in health care beware.
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How to survive a bully

Have you run into a bully at work? Unfortunately, chances are good that you have. Bullying has become all too common in nursing. In my first nursing position, I was the target of a nurse...