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Bullying in Nursing: Roots, Rationales, and Remedies

Szutenbach, Mary Pat

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318276be28
Feature: CE Connection

ABSTRACT: Bullying and incivility are sadly, far too common in today's healthcare workplaces. This article reviews early to current literature, identifies types of bullying, offers four root causes, and suggests responses to impact these causes using Gibbs' Reflective Cycle, biblical Scripture, and an allegory “How to Swim with Sharks.”

Why are we uncivil and at times even hostile to each other in nursing? Where does bullying come from? Most importantly, what can we do about it? Learn about types of bullying, root causes, ways you can respond, and how to swim with sharks.

Mary Pat Szutenbach, PhD, RN, CNS, is Associate Professor, Loretto Heights School of Nursing, Regis University, Denver, Colorado. She served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Nurse Corps.

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The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer review 7/27/2012.

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