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Blog spotlight: Exploring why nurses eat their young

Nurse Leader Insider, March 15, 2010

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To those outside the nursing profession, it may be a bit frightening to hear the phrase “nurses eat their young,” but to any nurse, this is just a standard expression meaning the bullying or harassment of a fellow colleague.

Theresa Brown, RN, delves deeper into the issue of why nurses bully one another, reminiscing about when she first started her career and experienced senior nurses lying about whether Brown had completed her work.

Brown references Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, a nurse and consultant who literally wrote the book on the topic. In Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility, Bartholomew addresses how and why back-stabbing, intimidation, and sabotage are all too common on some nursing floors, and provides strategies for how to stop these behaviors.

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