The American Nurses Association is developing a position statement aimed at eliminating bullying in the workplace, and would like your thoughts on the proposed recommendations.
About half of all nurses have been subjected to aggressive, disruptive behaviors from peers, authority figures and patients or their families, according to the ANA, which says healthcare professionals are among the leaders in missing days from work because of violence-related injuries.
The ANA says workplace violence can cause fear among staff members, resulting in poor performance and career dissatisfaction that increases turnover. Additionally, notes the ANA, nurses have the right to work in bully-free facilities, where they feel free to speak up about verbal or non-verbal attacks without fear of retaliation.
ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, says proactive efforts are needed to protect patients and nurses from workplace violence, and that healthcare organizations need to dispel the notion that verbal or physical attacks are unfortunate realities of a career in nursing.
Share your thoughts on the ANA’s proposed position statement Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence during a public comment period that runs until the end of this month.
Article published: April 13, 2015 by Daniel Cook