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Friday, April 26, 2013
Backstabbing Number One Type of Workplace Bullying
The results are in and the biggest area of bullying reported by our JCN Quick Poll respondents was backstabbing: 23% said this was the most common type of bullying in their workplace. The next biggest type of bullying was non-verbal innuendo (12% of respondents).
 
What does this say about us as nurses? One thing it suggests to me is that talking behind someone's back is the easy way out when we're frustrated with a colleague. I know I've been guilty of this. Ouch!
 
Christ calls Christians to turn the other cheek, to do good to those who mistreat us, to pray for them (Luke 6:27-36). We have to learn how to deal with conflicts and problems in other ways, using our mouths constructively. One suggestion is to pray quietly when tempted to say something bad about someone else (and keep praying until the urge leaves). Leave the situation if possible until you calm down.
 
JCN wants to offer resources for help you with workplace bullying and relationships. Let me know what you need.
 
Kathy
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Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner
Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, serves as editor of the Journal of Christian Nursing and as a per diem staff nurse in behavioral health in Wichita, Kansas.

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