first of all, let me express my congratulations for having a nm that is conscious of this lateral abuse. having said that, the facility where i work has "zero tolerance" for this behavior and the same goes for verbal or physical abuse from patients to any medical staff. having said that, violence and unwelcome behavior between medical staff is not unusual today. undoubtedly, in the health care industry violence is a growing problem among individuals, as well as other disciplines. although, there are several theories regarding why lateral violence is a problem among medical staff and in the general public, the core issue continues to be that violent behavior towards another staff often times injures the other party involved self-esteem. consequently, lateral abuse establishes an atmosphere for increasing anger and possibly violent behavior among any staff. therefore, to stop lateral violence, the ceo, don and their nm's should monitor their medical staff and be more involved with this growing unwanted behavior. furthermore, with the same token the ceo must set a “zero tolerance policy" towards violent, or abusive behavior among any staff. with that said, this policy must be strictly and justly administered so that all employees accept that the policy is for real and applies to all medical and non medical staff. unquestionably, no one deserves to be abused in any given form or shape. needless to say, the discipline should begin with administration by being involved in the issue in order to provide a safe environment to their employees. however, it is easy said than done, it takes an effort from all of us, in order to succeed in eliminating this unacceptable behavior. i strongly believe, that as a nm one should be more aware on what's affecting one's staff, once a perpetrator is found guilty of "lateral abuse" they should be counsel and place on probation. however, if the individual continues the unacceptable behavior he/she should face censure and dismissal from their position.