@Ruby Vee: I'm waving the bully flag, to use your term. It's nothing to do with being left out of extracurricular activities or negative feedback on nursing interventions. It has more to do with daily snide comments, criticisms regarding appearance, gossiping about someone in front of that person, public verbal aggression, threats, refusing report from an off-going nurse because they couldn't possibly have anything of value to report, etc. None of these have anything to do with bettering patient care and serve no purpose other than to hurt.
I have seen it from younger to older and vice-versa.
It's not a buzzword. The tight-lipped stance only serves to perpetuate this kind of nonsense. Don't tell, 'cause it's not that bad. I prefer to not take any extra sh** from people not demented, in extreme pain, or dying.
I am not weak. I am strong, and choose to speak out. Of course, bullying/lateral-horizontal-workplace violence/ hostile work environment, can be over-diagnosed, just like anything else.
Sexual harassment really happens, too. I've heard nurses say that mds used to pat nurses' asses, so what's the big deal? Forget all that. No one is entitled to be sh**ty to me.