School Nurse's Corner: Caring Responses to Uncaring Behavior
[Source: Confident Voices in Healthcare]
Chances are, if you have been a nurse for more than six months you have been exposed to bullying or disruptive behavior. Research shows that more than 82% of nurses have been a target of bullying or have witnessed it. Over 60% of novice nurses who experienced bullying are planning to leave their jobs. The frightening part of these statistics is that bullying is underreported!
Bullying is not an isolated incident. It is Deliberate, rude, inappropriate, and possibly aggressive behavior of a coworker(s) to another coworker. The behavior is repetitive in nature, and may be overt or covert. It can also reflect an actual or perceived imbalance or power or conflict.
Bullying and disruptive behavior has been recognized as a threat to a nurse’s well- being, and a threat to the safety of our patients. When a care team cannot get along, errors are made, patients feel the tension, and patient outcomes suffer.
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