Quote from Castiela
Well, if it's happening at work, ask the person to stop and document incidences, what was specifically said and witnesses and present it to HR. Bullying isn't specific to nursing.. But I'm sorry someone is doing this to you
I've been in one unit where I would have to wear a bodycam and dictophone to "document incidences". Seriously, it was THAT bad.
The problem is, for multiple reasons lateral violence is now close to social norm in nursing. I do not have time to go through research right now but I posted links on this forum more than once. Researchers put numbers up to 80+% "overall" for newly graduated nurses, including all kinds of violence. In my circle numbers are 90%+ ("best and brightest" high academic achievers) to 100% (accent-speaking foreign-born nurses, many of them high-achievers as well; the latter group also had about 75% of personally experiencing physical violence from colleagues).
Since workplace violence became so ingrained in nursing culture, and even advocated under premice of "nursing is a tough job, so let's not coddling 'em" and, in reality, CAN is some cases be difficult to discriminate from "contstructive criticism", I think that it should be codified the same way as rape and domestic abuse. The law has pretty clear lines dividing what is "legal" and what is not in all multitudes of personal and sexual relationships between humans, therefore I cannot see why professional relationships should be any different. At least "constructive criticism" which inflicted long-term negative sequela for the victim's health (as it is in my personal case) should be considered a criminal act.
Once mid-level management (which is, IMHO, the main supporter and perpetrator of workplace violence) knows that such and such RNs lost their licenses and were sentenced to real jail time and a fat fine for harrassing a new grad, the process will come to halting stop, and within two or three "professional generations" this hellish culture dies out. Meanwhile, I would advice every new grad to secure relationship with a workplace lawyer before accepting any job and never, ever go to management office alone, "just for a short talk" or otherwise.