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Balancing in Moments of Vulnerability While Dancing the Dialectic

Saltzberg, Christine W. PhD, MS, PHCNS-BC

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e31822723b9
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Questions about the existence of horizontal violence and the forms it takes dominate the literature. To move the dialogue forward, this article proffers the thesis that it is through a deeper understanding of moments of vulnerability and adult epistemological development that we may best alter the occurrence and continuance of horizontal violence in the nursing profession. The constructive development tradition has laid important groundwork for considering moments of vulnerability wherein which horizontal violence may begin and be perpetuated and explains how it has become so pervasive in the nursing field. New solutions are proposed and directions for further inquiry suggested.

University of New Hampshire, Durham.

Correspondence: Christine W. Saltzberg, PhD, MS, PHCNS-BC, University of New Hampshire, 277 Hewitt Hall, Durham, NH 03824 (

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.