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Workplace Bullying Experienced by Massachusetts Registered Nurses and the Relationship to Intention to Leave the Organization

Simons, Shellie PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000319571.37373.d7
Article Available Online Only for the April–June Issue

This descriptive study examines bullying behavior among nurses and tests the relationship between bullying and a nurse's intention to leave their organization. Data were collected from 511 randomly selected newly licensed registered nurses by using the Revised Negative Acts Questionnaire, an instrument that measures perceived exposure to bullying at work. Results found that 31% of respondents reported being bullied and that bullying is a significant determinant in predicting intent to leave the organization (B = 3.1, P < .0005). Data suggest that effective interventions are needed to stop workplace bullying that contributes to high rates of nurse turnover.

This study tested the relationship between bullying behavior among nurses and a nurse's intention to leave his or her organization. The results indicated that bullying is a significant determinant in predicting intent to leave the organization (B = 3.1, P < .0005). Effective interventions are needed to stop workplace bullying, which contributes to high rates of nurse turnover.

Department of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Lowell.

This work was supported by grants from Sigma Theta Tau, Theta at Large, and Theta Alpha.

The author thanks Drs Angela Nannini, Rosanna DeMarco, Gail Russell, and Carol Hall Ellenbecker for their help and support.

Corresponding Author: Shellie Simons, PhD, RN, School of Health and Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 3 Solomont Way, Ste 2, Lowell, MA 01854 (shellie_simonsl@uml.edu).

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