Objective: The aim of this study was to describe nurses' experiences with and characteristics related to workplace bullying.
Background: Although the concept of workplace bullying is gaining attention, few studies have examined workplace bullying among nurses.
Methods: This was a descriptive study using a convenience sample of 249 members of the Washington State Emergency Nurses Association. The Negative Acts Questionnaire-Revised was used to measure workplace bullying.
Results: Of the sample, 27.3% had experienced workplace bullying in the last 6 months. Most respondents who had been bullied stated that they were bullied by their managers/directors or charge nurses. Workplace bullying was significantly associated with intent to leave one's current job and nursing.
Conclusion: In seeking remedies to the problem of workplace bullying, nurse leaders need to focus on why this bullying occurs and on ways to reduce its occurrence. This is a critical issue, since it is linked with nurse attrition.
Authors' Affiliations: Predoctoral Student (Ms Johnson), Nursing Program, University of Washington, Seattle; and Associate Professor (Dr Rea), University of Washington, Nursing Program, Tacoma.
Corresponding author: Ms Johnson, 3209 Lorne St, SE; Olympia, WA 98501 (firstname.lastname@example.org).