Workplace Bullying in Nursing Practice

The bullying new nurses face from experienced colleagues in the workplace has been my significant experience in nursing practice. The rude behaviors new nurses experience from their counterparts in the higher levels include being addressed with high pitch, being intimidated, and underestimated. The fresh nurses also find themselves overburdened with irrational tasks, getting subjective supervision and denial to access vital information. In some cases, nurses face exclusion from relevant professional activities. Bullying affects the quality of services nurses deliver and their psychology (Hussni Al-Ghabeesh & Qattom, 2019).

           However, bullying and incivility are cultures that can be eradicated through the collective responsibility of both health institutions and colleagues. Nurses should be role models and paint a respectable picture.  Nurses should take part in their duties responsibly and avoid unnecessary commitment or favor requests. Nurses should also muster the courage to confront bullies and fight for their rights. Nurses should also adopt the culture of reporting cases of violence. The organization leadership, on the other hand, should ensure a conducive working environment defined by acceptable codes of ethics. The management should set strict punishment policies for bullying cases. The organization should offer education and training to all staff on ways to build mutual respect in the workplace (Brunt, 2015).

           According to Clarke 2019, teamwork dismantles superiority in the workplace and forges a respectful working environment. Collaboration decreases chances of hostility and makes it easy to spot cases of incivility. It also makes staff accountable for each other welfare and encourages free expression of feelings. Nurses should also utilize practical communication skills to deal with challenging situations. For instance, a nurse who is regularly shouted at and blamed unreasonably by another professional should respond politely and confidently in a way that will calm the situation. If using communication techniques fails, the nurse should report the case without hesitation.


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