Who Leads the Leaders?
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog on Violence in the Workplace. It posted one day before a violent event occurred at an ED near me. That event saturated the media. Fortunately, no staff, patients or visitors were injured, though the situation ended with a person taking his own life.
As I watched the event unfold, I thought about what I had written. I worried that I went too far, that I said too much. I thought maybe we should be used to violence by now and get over it. However, my blog received many responses, all very passionate.
It also seems that nurses feel violence from many different angles: co-workers, visitors, patients and managers.
This raises the next question in my mind: Who leads the leaders?
I know there are education tracks one can take to learn about hospital administration, but what's in those lessons? Are managers taught how to deal with and decrease workplace violence or do they feel it too? Often, bullies are victims of being bullied. They act out because that's what they know. Is that what managers are--bullies who have been bullied? Is that how they got to the top of the food chain--by eating their young?
I'd like to believe that is not the case. I want to think managers are guided and nurtured and can pass that down to their staff.
Somehow, though, I think the old saying "It's lonely at the top" exists for a reason. Have you been or are you currently a manager? Did or do you feel supported?
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