We have heard the expression that “Nurses eat their Young” many times, and in fact, new graduate nurses are in danger of being consumed whole by their more seasoned co workers. However, it does not end there. Everyone is in danger of lateral violence and incivility, depending on their workplace and the pervasive culture to either bully or not bully. Older nurses are often bullied by younger nurses in certain environments.
Incivility among nursing staff is an epidemic that has been going on since Flo lit a lamp.
Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, and Sara Ahten, MSN, RN Wrote This Article about Incivility in nursing. It is extremely informative and describes in plain language what incivility IS, and it is not just words. They also give great advice about how to respond to lateral violence in the workplace.
Renee Thompson, DNP, RN wrote this material on bullying, and she is especially insightful. She has created workplace education about lateral violence and incivility. One of the quotes on her website spoke so loudly to me that I simply had to place it here. Sorry, Dr Thompson for the theft.:
Nurses can be so caring and compassionate to patients, yet they can be so horrific to each other. It’s time for nurse bullying to stop! Join me and bring your friends.
Be kind – not cruel
So I challenge you to read this information. Maybe you will find out that what is being done to you at work is bullying, and not your fault. Maybe you will find that you ARE a bully and can take steps to modify your behavior for the good of your profession.
And if you just rolled your eyes, there is no easy help for you.
I differ with Dr Thompson in one way. I believe that incivil nurses are not as compassionate to their patients as people who are naturally kind to their coworkers. I have done no research to back this up. This is purely anecdotal. I am a nurse who has been bullied, and I submit that the health care providers who bullied me and others were not especially nice to their patients either.
So maybe asking you to read this stuff is a public service announcement.
Nurse, Heal Thyself.
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