Bullying

Joy stealing: Stopping happiness thieves

Learn how to deal with coworkers who take the joy out of work. THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION (ANA) and my state organization, the Texas Nurses Association, give me inspiration and practical ideas I use every...

Incivility and bullying

Let’s all work together to solve this workplace hazard. FOR DECADES, many nurses did not speak openly about incivility and bullying in healthcare. If we did, we limited its scope and didn’t call out the...
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Accused of workplace bullying: What happens next?

If an informal resolution can’t be achieved, follow your organization’s investigation protocol. Takeaways: Workplace bullying is abusive conduct that is threatening, humiliating, or intimidating and interferes with a productive work environment. Being accused of workplace bullying...
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Reader Feedback: March 2019

Supporting veterans with substance use disorder Veterans are considered to be highly affected by the increased amount of pressure put on them…while in combat. One of the issues that has emerged is that of mental...
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What if you’re the bully?

 Self-awareness and honest feedback can help you make a change. Takeaways: Bullying and incivility are prevalent in the nursing profession, so we each need to determine if and how we contribute to the problem. If...
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Passion with purpose

Looking back on ANA's work and presidency. THE PRESIDENCY of the American Nurses Association (ANA) is one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding roles in American nursing. It has been my privilege to serve ANA...

2018 nursing trends and salary survey results

What are your colleagues saying about workplace violence, bullying, and job satisfaction? RNs, as a whole, are a satisfied group. We’re satisfied with the nursing care we provide our patients. We’re satisfied with our...
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Harassment: It’s about abuse of power

You should feel safe at work. By Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN Nurses—everyone, in fact—have a right to a workplace free of harassment, but that’s too often not the case. A few years ago, I was...
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Identifying and stopping childhood bullying

As the 2014-2015 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies (now the National Academy of Medicine), Sally S. Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN, focused on childhood bullying prevention and policy. (The scholarship is supported by the American Academy of Nursing, American Nurses Association [ANA], and American Nurses Foundation.) Cohen, who is an ANA-NY member, is a clinical professor at the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing.
Cognitive rehearsal

Cognitive rehearsal

Learn a strategy for addressing incivility and bullying in nursing. Takeaways Incivility and bullying among healthcare workers contribute additional stress to an already stressful environment and can jeopardize patient safety. Cognitive rehearsal is one way...

Not just “eating our young”: Workplace bullying strikes experienced nurses, too

Even though nursing is a profession of caring and compassion, bullying exists in many forms in it. Bullying threatens teamwork, morale, communication, and, most important, patient safety. The playground bully from our childhood has...

Nursing practice and work environment

Bullying has long existed in health care; it was the ugly secret that no one wanted to talk about. However, the culture of acceptance and silence that accompanied it is finally being broken. The...
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Keeping nurses healthy, safe, and well

To keep patients healthy, safe, and well, registered nurses (RNs) have to be healthy, safe, and well themselves. Yet RNs face health, safety, and wellness risks unique to their profession. This article outlines how...