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An Exploration of the Workplace Bullying Experience: Coping Strategies Used by Nurses

Simons, Shellie PhD, RN; Sauer, Penny PhD, RN, CNE, CCRN

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: September/October 2013 - Volume 29 - Issue 5 - p 228–232
doi: 10.1097/01.NND.0000433147.33631.c9

This qualitative descriptive study explored nurses’ experience of being bullied and examined their coping strategies. A purposive sample of 18 registered nurses who self-identified as being targets of bullying behavior was used. The authors found that nurses used a variety of coping strategies. An understanding of these strategies can assist staff development educators to develop interventions to eliminate this pervasive problem.

The authors describe a qualitative study of bullying and present recommendations for nursing professional development specialists to ameliorate this problem in the workplace.

Shellie Simons, PhD, RN, is Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Penny Sauer, PhD, RN, CNE, CCRN, is Doctoral Student, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Shellie Simons, PhD, RN, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 3 Solomont Way, Suite 2, Lowell, MA 01854-5126 (e-mail:

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.