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A Task Force to Address Bullying

Keller, Ronald MPA, BSN, RN, NE-BC; Budin, Wendy C. PhD, RN-BC, FAAN; Allie, Tammy BSN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: February 2016 - Volume 116 - Issue 2 - p 52–58
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000480497.63846.d0
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Bullying in the workplace can create a dysfunctional environment that is associated with serious physical and psychological harm to the person being bullied. Nurses’ experience with bullying has gained considerable attention in recent years, and warrants further discussion. Nurse leaders need to develop and implement effective bullying prevention initiatives that will foster the functioning of a professional and productive staff in a healthy work environment. The aim of this article is to review workplace bullying as experienced by nurses, and describe how nurses at a Magnet-designated academic medical center developed and implemented a bullying task force to address the problem.

The authors review workplace bullying among nurses—including its prevalence, manifestations, and consequences—and describe how one hospital implemented a nurse-led initiative to address bullying.

Ronald Keller is senior director of nursing and Tammy Allie is nurse manager, both at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Wendy Budin is research scientist and adjunct professor at the New York University College of Nursing. Contact author: Ronald Keller, ronald.keller@nyumc.org. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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