There's an RN where I work who has been "talked to" about her behavior with other staff and patients. Her behavior is unacceptable, unethical, and just plain disgusting. Shes a bully and has created such a hostile work environment, that on Sundays im depressed because I have to go in there the next day. She has lashed out to everyone in the clinic even to the point of calling one girl an idiot in front of patients. Shes told people that this girl is too stupid to be alive. The madness doesn't stop with her..the person in charge doesn't do anything. This has gone as far as the president of the hospital and still nothing. She has been quiet lately but I just dont understand how tbis type of thing goes on. Everyone thats works there is miserable. The description "hostile work environment" is heard on a daily. There's also a medical assistant there that lies and causes havoc every chance she get and still the person in charge does NOTHING! Without going into too much detail because it will take 2 days to write, can someone please advise. Any and all responses are appreciated. Thanks
Apr 18, '13
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
Call a “Code Bully” or a “Code Pink"?
See the Online journal of Issues in Nursing article:
Combating Disruptive Behaviors: Strategies to Promote a Healthy Environment ...
Break the bullying cycle - American Nurse Today
Bullying in the Workplace: Reversing a Culture - ANA Nurse CE
Bullying Among Nurses - Nursing Center - Journal Issue
Dealing with bullying and harassment: a guide for students - RCN
One strategy that has been used by nurses to show support for other nurses is by calling a "Code Bully" or a "Code Pink" (Childers, 2004; Namie & Namie, 2009). If a nurse is being yelled at by another healthcare worker, a code can be called by word of mouth or by a more formal method, and the nurses can unify by physically standing behind the nurse so as to let the disrupter know that the disruptive behavior is unacceptable (Childers, 2004).
When this happens, disruptive individuals realize they are not facing one person but rather facing a group of people, and a power shift occurs. This power shift is sometimes enough to stop the episode of disruptive behavior.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Apr 18, '13