Workplace Bullying: Concerns for Nurse Leaders

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Objective:The aim of this study was to describe nurses' experiences with and characteristics related to workplace bullying.Background:Although the concept of workplace bullying is gaining attention, few studies have examined workplace bullying among nurses.Methods:This was a descriptive study using a convenience sample of 249 members of the Washington State Emergency Nurses Association. The Negative Acts Questionnaire-Revised was used to measure workplace bullying.Results:Of the sample, 27.3% had experienced workplace bullying in the last 6 months. Most respondents who had been bullied stated that they were bullied by their managers/directors or charge nurses. Workplace bullying was significantly associated with intent to leave one's current job and nursing.Conclusion:In seeking remedies to the problem of workplace bullying, nurse leaders need to focus on why this bullying occurs and on ways to reduce its occurrence. This is a critical issue, since it is linked with nurse attrition.

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