VIOLENCE, HOSTILITY, bullying, or aggression, perpetrated by a peer or any other coworker, is all too common in the healthcare industry. It impedes healthy communication between healthcare workers, endangers patient safety, and poisons the workplace environment.
The phenomenon of bullying at work has been well described in the literature, and many organizations are implementing initiatives to address this behavior.1–4 Successful outcomes depend on first determining how much bullying is going on, then tracking responses to antibullying initiatives to see if they make any difference.
The following survey is designed to capture the frequency of workplace bullying, also called horizontal -violence, among nurses. Please answer these questions as they pertain to your workplace within the last 12 months. Consider a coworker to be nurses and any other healthcare worker, including physicians, pharmacists, unlicensed assistive personnel, respiratory therapists, lab technicians, radiology technologists, and housekeeping staff. All questions pertain to your primary work setting.
This is a confidential and anonymous survey. You can take it online at http://www.Nursing2011.com. Or photocopy this page and fax to 215-367-2155, or mail to Nursing2011 Horizontal Violence Survey, 323 Norristown Road, Suite 200, Ambler, PA 19002. Deadline for responses is June 30, 2011.