Bullying in nursing and ways of dealing with it

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Lowenstein LF (2013) Bullying in nursing and ways of dealing with it. Nursing Times; 109: 11, 22–25.

As with many other professions, nursing has its share of bullies who discredit the profession, while other nurses work with dedicated efficiency and good will. Bullying has an impact on the workplace environment and nurses in general; it can cause low morale and in some cases can make nurses seek employment elsewhere or even leave the profession.

This article considers recent research into bullying in the workplace, including its prevalence within the profession, causes and identification, as well as different types of bullying and its impact on victims. It also highlights research into combating, preventing and dealing with the problem.

Bullying can have extensive effects on nurses at work but action can be taken to dealing with this destructive behaviour

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