Lateral Violence in Nursing Bridgett Byrd Central Texas College The nursing profession is no stranger to workplace violence. Violent displays of behavior can come down from those that hole managerial positions to subordinate staff through a top down hierarchy in a vertical manner. This can occur through such actions as with holding raises or promotions, unequal distribution of resources, unfair staffing assignments, among others. There is also nurse to nurse violence through interactions with peers of the same staff position. The display of lateral violence in nursing is an issue that is hurting the profession as a whole.
1. What makes this problem important? The issue of nurse staffing and patient safety is vital to the health of our patients and the longevity of out nursing licenses. No one wants to be the sentinel event that forces the change, so they leave making the problem of staffing worse. The departures cause inexperienced nurses to arrive and make the critical situation of staffing even more challenging.
Imagine being a newly graduated nurse and landing a job on your dream unit. There is this one nurse who likes to taunts the new nurses. You began to realize that she does things to make you uneasy and you began to feel like the target of workplace bullying. Horizontal Violence has become a newly coined termed to further define the concept of bullying in the workplace. According to Becher and Visovsky (2012), Horizontal Violence is described as “an act of hostility that creates an undesirable work environment that weakens teamwork in the clinical setting”.
For the conflicts between student nurses and patients, the student nurses may face some shocking situations like patients’ suffering and death in the clinical setting. The students may thus experience some negative emotion and develop intrapersonal conflicts. Otherwise, some patients and their relatives are being discourteous and unreasonable toward healthcare providers that student nurses may encounter aggressive language and
Prevention of medication errors is an ongoing initiative in the field of nursing. Medication errors jeopardize a patient’s safety, which results in vast costs to correct the effects of the error and it could potentially prevent the reimbursement from insurance companies to the hospital. Often times the nurse is the only person to catch an error with a written prescription or the incorrect dose sent to the nursing unit from the pharmacy. As a result, it is usually the nurse’s responsibility to speak up when an error is identified rather than administering a medication due to the mere fact that an order was written by the physician. While there are many medication errors which occur in the hospital setting, most of those errors, however occur after a patient has been discharged to home (“Severe Harm and Death,” 2016).
This form of pain will have a very bad effect on the body. It might not show any visible evidence but it will damage one’s body from inside and might lead to death. According to an article written by Lauren Amanda on www.socialjusticesolutions.com, the abused spouse and/or child may develop chronic post-traumatic stress disorders, other anxiety disorders or depression, therefore the laws against domestic violence need to be taken more
I feel apprehension and noncompliance can be barriers for both strategic planning and the nursing process. Fear of what other staff may think about the change, fear of intimidation from other staff, and fear of one 's ideas being laughed at can be a few of the struggles of any person wanting to evoke change within their organization. In an earlier module, we learned about different leadership styles and approaches. Depending on the change needed within the organization, this outlined which style was needed to best reach this goal. “Attaching metrics to goals and specific initiatives allows nurse leaders and clinicians to monitor progress and determine when a different approach might be needed” (Reid-Ponte, 2016, 112).
The unfriendly workplace was evident by nurses reporting issues of sexual harassment, verbal or physical abuse from coworkers, managers or physicians in the workplace and of the consistent lack of support from other nurses (MacKusick and Minick 2010). Victims of bullying may suffer physical, emotional, and psychological distress. Bennett and Sawarzky (2013) found increased reports of psychosomatic complaints, such as headaches, gastrointestinal disorders, sleep disturbances, eating disorders, and fatigue, among persons who experienced bullying. They also found psychological manifestations (e.g., depression, anxiety, feelings of isolation) and ineffective coping skills occurred and could lead to impaired social skills. In a separate cross-sectional descriptive study of 309 nurses, of 82% (n=253) who reported experiencing bullying in the workplace, 40% (n=124) suffered depression symptoms (Ekici & Beder,
Sofield and Salmond (2003) and O’Connell et al. (2000) suggests that the main perpetrators of bullying, harassment and intimidation towards nurses in healthcare settings are the patients, their relatives and in some cases the doctors, including supervisors and
Along with Post traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, a psychological condition where the patient experiences recurring thoughts that remind them of the trauma experienced, this pushes the patients away from other people and experiences that may remind the victim of the harassment. In addition to the previous issues experienced, sleep problems were labeled as yet another side effect, as a strong relationship was found between victims and sleep disturbances, due to stress and anxiety. Depending on the degree of the latter two problems, suicide might become an issue with the victims of sexual harassment. In order to save all women from their struggle on a psychological level, the discrimination experienced by women should be stopped as women suffer greatly from it. In order to save women from the chronic exposure to the painful side effects of sexual discrimination, gender
Would the conduct of her co-workers and managers have been sufficient to prevail on a discrimination suit? Why or why not? If Enriquez employment with Health Systems were not terminated I believe she would not have claimed for discrimination. The case tells us that Enriquez was willing to change back to her birth gender in order to keep her job. That tells me that she was more worried about her employment than her gender.
Smith at this time. However, I will provide an overview of treatment from a hypothetical perspective. Ultimately, the problem to be addressed is Mrs. Smith’s presenting problem of postpartum depression resulting from her core belief that she is inadequate. To begin the process I would select Mrs. Smith’s inability to let Jenna play by herself in a safe environment or supervised by another family member while she attends to chores. I would select this problem because exploring and disproving any catastrophic ideas she has about letting Jenna play by herself momentarily will allow her to attend to some of the chores that she feels are contributing to her inability to be a stay at home mom.
In this article Ravneet Kaur and Suneela Garg define domestic violence, one of the many forms of violence against women. This form of violence is present in all countries, cultures, ages, ethnic groups, and in people of all economic levels. Within domestic violence there are different forms of violence including: physical assault, sexual abuse, economic, psychologic and emotional violence. Kaur and Garg also address in this article the reason why women stay in this relationships and what leads to domestic violence. I will use this article to write about one of the many forms of violence against women and what leads to it.
To some extent, protective orders seem to work. However, there are always fatal consequences to those who decide to take legal action. Women, in particular, who decide to end their relationship with their husbands or partner maybe at risk of encountering sexual and physical assault, stalking, or homicide from the person they are leaving (Dobash, Cavanagh, & Medina-Ariza, (2007); Kurz, 1996). It is wise to leave their abuser, but it comes with a cost. According to Kurz (1996), she states that even after women leave their spouse; the fear of violence leaves the women of giving up child support or compromise on the amount.
We talked about that in our field practicum. Some people may not be comfortable talking about their assault to a person that they know is going to report the situation. Simple because that person may feel like they are not talking to a therapist anymore, they may feel like they are talking to the police for an investigation. For example if a women who was sexually assaulted they may seek treatment with a therapist to talk an out this situation. However the sexual assault was never reported.