Nurses are not strangers to bullying - unfortunately. And new research points out bullying by nurses outnumbers what occurs in other professions. In fact, twice as many nurses as other working Americans have experienced bullying in the workplace.
According to a recent study in the Journal of Nursing Management, among 612 staff nurses, 67.5% had experienced bullying from their supervisors, while 77.6% had been bullied by their co-workers. Outside the healthcare industry, just 35% of Americans had reported workplace incivility, revealed a recent survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute.
So what is it about nursing that causes these trends? Is it the mixture of young nurses versus older nurses, or the stressful situations nurses face? But even more important than identifying the reasons should be finding the solutions.
ADVANCE covers bullying on a fairly regular basis, offering materials that can help solve this problem in the nursing profession. Recently, we ran a story on how social media provides new outlets for nurses to address horizontal violence and support each other. You can read more about this new wave of support at www.advanceweb.com/Nurses, keyword search "Facing Bullies in Nursing."
You also can view a webinar on combating workplace bullying that covers how addressing this common workplace problem is good for employees and patient outcomes too. You can find it archived at www.advanceweb.com/NurseWebinars.
And a recent CE article, "Motivating Co-Workers," may provide solutions for how nurses can all get along. Earn 1 CE credit - for free! - at www.advanceweb.com/NurseCE.
As bullying persists in the profession, it's important that everyone try to find ways to end the trend. Take the time to review these resources and address the issue at your workplace.