Bullying Issues In Nursing

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Nursing is the heart of human caring behavior. During a crucial time of nursing shortage, retaining skilled nurses is essential to help handle the growing senior population in our communities. Many people depend on professional, caring, and trained nurses to help them recover their optimal health after an assault to their health stability by numerous diseases. However, bullying in a workplace and especially in the health care settings has become a halt to the career of many ambitious nurses’ especially new graduates (novices nurses) entering the profession. Complexities of the healthcare environment coupled with higher acuity patient care can cause stress and anxiety among nurses who are new to the profession. Researchers have found newly licensed…show more content…
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,…show more content…
Those who have researched workplace bullying also recommend information about how to identify and address bullying behavior should begin in academic environments and be reinforced in practice environments. This study successfully integrated bullying modules into a senior-level undergraduate nursing program. Nurse educators should consider including this content for their students. Outcomes of the study also supported the use of the online format as an effective teaching-learning strategy. With the result of bullying issues, the retention rate of nurses will increase and the ratio nurse-patient will decrease, the temps focus on the patient will increase and decrease of patient’s complications, health care cost will decrease and nurse’s burnout rate will decrease and finally the financial strain on the healthcare setting will be
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