Effects Of Bullying In The Workplace

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Andrew Vachss once said, “Life is a fight, but not everyone is a fighter. Otherwise bullies would be an endangered species.” Now, Andrew Vachss may be a crime fiction writer but that doesn’t make this quote any less true. A survey in 2014 showed that 27% of workers have current or past experience with abusive conduct at work (Namie and Namie). However, in nursing that number ranges from anywhere at 18% to 31% (“Incivility”). Although that may not seem like a whole lot, but that’s roughly 7,560 to 13,020 nurses in America. That’s why this problem needs to be addressed. That’s why bullying of nurses in the Workplace environment needs to be corrected.
The bullying of nurses in the workplace environment is a big issue in today’s society that needs
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However, bullying in the workplace is 4 times more common than sexual harassment or racial discrimination (Namie and Namie). Moving from that, bullying in the …show more content…
In today’s society anywhere from 18% to 31% if nurses are bullied in the workplace (“Incivility”). Moreover, bullying nurses in the workplace threatens patient safety, RN safety, and the nursing profession as a whole (“Incivility”). In order to prevent all of this, there are some theories on what to do. One solution to this concern is having a “3Complaint Rule” where if the bully gets a serious complaint they get a warning, a second offence gets them written up and gets certain consequences, and a third gets the bully terminated—all handled by the Human Resources Department. In a way, this rule is like what Victoria Pynchol mentioned with how there already being parameters in place, however this rule takes it a bit more. This is due to the fact that the “serious” complaint has to consist of “repeated, unwanted harmful actions intended to humiliate, offend, and cause distress in the recipient” (“Incivility”). Thus, it won’t be counted if the recipient complains just because of a mean look or something of the sort. Another solution is to give the nurses the right to sue. There’s already some ways a worker can sue for harassment, but it’s not enough because there are not laws against bullying (besides harassment) that can be used effectively in court. Because of this, there should be laws created in order for workers to be able to sue without having to really dig deep into

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