Nurse on nurse bullying, sadly, is nothing new. In the mid 80's the phrase with which many of us are acquainted "nurses eat their young" was coined by a professor of nursing. Research into the subject has been undertaken in the USA since the early 1990s with a rash of research appearing in the early to mid 2000s. The research confirms that this is a chronic problem in the Nursing profession. Whether it is viewed as a rite of passage or as something that nurses do to "vent" their own frustrations at the system appears to be at issue.
The current research grew from my witnessing nurse on nurse bullying following a return to work 6 weeks to the day from the date of surgery by a nurse after she had undergone major cancer surgery. The verbal ferocity of the attack, the fact that it was supervisor on an administrator, and of the fact that no one who witnessed it or who heard about it thereafter called out the perpetrator on her actions. The response by team members and the senior administrator was actually worse: "oh...that's the way she is. She's been that way for years. She does that to everyone." Clearly, that is not the correct response.
When this incident was recounted to other nurses from a variety of work environments, it was met with knowing shrugs. Nurses started to tell me their personal stories and stories of bullying they had witnessed from the time they were students. As a nurse educator, i decided to write a survey and to engage in some systematic research. I have created a survey of nurse on nurse bullying on Survey Monkey that will take 2 minutes and 23 seconds to answer. Your responses will help me to gather real information that can be quantified and measured, written up in an article and disseminated throughout the profession to enable us to get a grip on this problem. Here's the link to the survey. Stay tuned for the results. nurse on nurse bullying Survey
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So no, I will not be focusing on Susie-who-didn't-include-me or Jamie-who-rolled-her-eyes, or Tracy-who-always-says-she's-busy-when-I-ask-for-help, or Brianna-who-said-I-did-something-but-really-I-didn't, or Stephanie-who-said-something-mean-about-tattoos, or Kristy-who-thinks-she-knows-everything or Ryan-who-pushes-meds-slower/faster-than-I-do.
wondern, I'm not saying that treating people poorly is okay. I'm saying that nursing would be on the upswing yesterday if we called BS on all of this and moved on.
I believe that there is nurse bullying and I've seen mean nurses rip apart a new victim in a systemic manner like a pack of wolves devouring a wayward sheep. This is organized, vicious and also pretty darn rare. What I normally see is the stupid, rude and petty interactions described above that get labeled bullying. Honestly for all the "victims" out there unless you can point to something tangible except hurt feelings get over it already. Everybody DOESN'T have to get along. We just have to work with each other and help our patients. Its work. That's all
Last edit by SpankedInPittsburgh on Mar 17