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Keywords

bullying, disruptive behavior, horizontal-lateral violence, nurse bullying, workplace bullying

 

Authors

  1. Keller, Ronald MPA, BSN, RN, NE-BC
  2. Budin, Wendy C. PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
  3. Allie, Tammy BSN

Abstract

Bullying in the workplace can create a dysfunctional environment that is associated with serious physical and psychological harm to the person being bullied. Nurses' experience with bullying has gained considerable attention in recent years, and warrants further discussion. Nurse leaders need to develop and implement effective bullying prevention initiatives that will foster the functioning of a professional and productive staff in a healthy work environment. The aim of this article is to review workplace bullying as experienced by nurses, and describe how nurses at a Magnet-designated academic medical center developed and implemented a bullying task force to address the problem.