HCTW news brief: When the nurse is a bully

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, February 19, 2010

"Why are nurses so mean to each other?" asks Theresa Brown, RN, in The New York Times' "Well" blog. Brown says she had her share of encounters with bullying behavior as a new nurse and has witnessed nurses belittling and abusing each other.

Brown quotes Woelfle and McCaffrey's article "Nurse on Nurse" that explains nurses lack autonomy, accountability and control over their profession, which "can often result in displaced and self-destructive aggression within the oppressed group."

Brown argues it's time the profession is more open about the issue and the majority of nurses who do not bully need to set the tone. "We have to come out of the corner, stop allowing our co-workers to tear at one another's flesh and instead speak up," says Brown.

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Source: The New York Times

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