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Addressing Nurse-to-Nurse Bullying to Promote Nurse Retention

Author(s): Carol F. Rocker

Journal: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
ISSN 1091-3734

Volume: 13;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: bullying | bullying culture | horizontal violence | peer harassment | psychological harassment | preventing workplace bullying | psychological terrorization | nurses and bullying | nurse manager and workplace bullying | nursing shortage | workplace violence

Nurse-to-nurse bullying in the workforce is contributing to the current nursing shortage. The literature reveals both victims and witnesses of bullying suffer silently and are often confused as to what to do when presented with bullying behavior. This confusion frequently contributes to nurses leaving their chosen profession. Canadian lawmakers are now beginning to address workplace bulling behaviors. The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness of the challenges associated with workplace bullying among nurses by defining and describing the incidence and origin of workplace bullying; reporting the nature of and consequences of workplace bullying for both victims and witnesses; presenting the Canadian legal response, strategies to support victims, and approaches preventing workplace bullying; and considering the nurse manager’s role in addressing workplace bullying.
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