I applaud the above article with regards to stopping bullying. Bullying is a significant problem in all aspects of society, whether it be in schools, workplaces, etc.
Based on the research that I've done, both in and out of nursing, as well as when I was taking my courses in Forensics, bullying for the most part is not taken seriously in any setting. Bullying often leads to homicides and suicides if not properly dealt with. For example, In 1999 in Ottawa Canada, Pierre Lebrun shot and killed four of his co-workers. When reading through the subsequent Coroner's Inquest, Lebrun was regularly harassed by his fellow co-workers because of his facial tic and of the way that he talked. The major warning that was mentioned in that inquest was that Lebrun often complained about the behavior of his co-workers and nothing was ever done.
When one reads incidents of school shootings, a similar pattern arises. The target who is often bullied ends up either committing suicide and/or kills others. If a bully targets numerous people and the bully's behavior is not dealt with, the targets have a potential of banning together and start collectively targeting the bully. At that point you have what's called Mobbing. The best description I've ever read about Mobbing is that it's bullying on steroids. I witnessed mobbing first hand in my workplace and it is really bad. It was all because the bully's behavior was never dealt with.
I don't want to monopolize this thread, but will say that bullying/mobbing has no place in any setting. Constructive criticism is always welcomed, especially in a health care setting. However, it's my hope that health care professionals act like just that "professional". Toxic environments does no one any good, and in a health care setting, only impedes quality care.
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