Bullying in Nursing
NURSE BLOG CARNIVAL
Brittney Wilson RN BSN, TheNerdyNurse.com
Gail Ingram RN BSN, NurseGail.com
Keith Carlson RN BSN, DigitalDoorway.blogspot.com
Joyce Fiodembo RN BA, InternationalNurseSupport.com
Gail Ingram RN BSN, NurseGail.com
Erica MacDonald RN MSN, SelfEmployedNurse.com
Caroline Porter Thomas RN BSN, EmpoweRN.com
Renee Thompson RN DNP, guest post at TheNerdyNurse.com
Sarah Wengert, TravelNursingBlogs.com
The NURSE BLOG CARNIVAL is a joint effort by established bloggers to bring focus on a particular topic in the profession of nursing. By sharing our unique experiences and perspectives, the collaboration draws attention to an issue and sparks a conversation.
This week’s topic is BULLYING IN NURSING and each participant offers something of value in their posts:
In his post, Keith gets on his “Bully Pulpit” and inspires us to stand up for ourselves and others. He makes it clear that hospital administration must develop a zero-tolerance policy because, “without the support from above, our continued struggle in the trenches will be in vain.” On top of great content, he incorporates some fantastic nautical imagery and found use for the word “elucidate.”
Joyce points out the irony that bullying exists in a profession with, “the most caring human beings on the planet.” She defines bullying and describes who and why someone becomes a target. She offers 6 steps to follow if you are a victim. She states that witnesses cannot remain silent and quotes the great Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
This is my entry. I explain certain aspects of bullying that are not often discussed and frequently misunderstood. For example, why is it taking so long to get the word out? Why is it still happening and what will make it stop? I also provide a link to the literature review so that you can further evaluate the evidence. I love to read peer-reviewed research in my spare time. Maybe you do, too?
Erica asks, “Why would educated and professional nurses engage in such poor behavior?” Hint: High school never ends! She also describes how the concept of sacrifice allows nurses to accept bullying as the workplace norm. She notes that slipping into the role of the bully might be easier than you think and perhaps the solution lies in arming nursing students with skills to “fend off the wolves.”
Caroline is the only vlog contributor on the roster and I wasn’t expecting what I saw in her video. Her opening sequence is honest and it made me laugh. Without spoiling it for you, I’ll add that she gives a quick pep talk about self-esteem and provides 4 keys to success. She is a little ray of sunshine while talking about a topic that can be utterly depressing.
In an effort to end nurse bullying, Renee parallels the work of Paulo Freire, a sociologist who studied human behavior, particularly oppression. She finds that self-reflection, enhanced communication skills, believing in oneself, and being nice are all part of the solution. She reminds us we “deserve to work in a nurturing and supportive environment, free from bullies. To do that requires that we all take action.”
Sarah identifies the frequency of bullying and clarifies the difference between vertical and horizontal violence. She brings the statistics and makes the connection between bullying, patient safety, and financial consequences. She offers sound advice for travel nurses (AKA temporary contract nurses) who are often targets of staff bullies.
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