The Effects Of Incivility And Horizontal Violence In Nursing

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The most important day in your nursing career is the day you graduate. As new nurses, we look to the words of Florence Nightingale for guidance as we are called to respect all persons regardless of their background (Egeus, Leinung, 2013). Regardless of these significant words, nurses have failed to observe and carry them out, resulting in hostile work environments. When you ask others how a nurse should act, you expect to hear the words compassionate and caring, not cold, abrasive, disrespectful and violent. So why has a profession built on giving and caring acts, become one in which nurses treat each other with such negativity and abuse? This may seem harsh but the reality is, the way nurses treat one another has become more of an issue than the way they treat and care for their patients. Nurses engaging one another with disrespect, negativity or degrading behaviors is known as horizontal violence (HV). Incivility and horizontal violence in nursing continues to negatively affect the profession. In order for change to occur, nurses must stop the bullying and start working together. Nurses are exposed to daily acts of violence and it is their job to care for those …show more content…
At its core, the concept is simple, horizontal violence is bullying. Egues and Leinung (2013), tell us that the American Nurses Association defines bullying and abuse as “behavior that humiliates, degrades, or otherwise indicates a lack of respect for the dignity and worth of an individual”. This type of behavior leads to nursing shortages and disgruntled staff. In a study of 303 nurses, 65% claimed incidences of being bullied or knowing a coworker who was a victim of horizontal violence. More than a third of new nurses leave the profession within the first year after falling victim to bullying (Egues, 2013). The nurses who fall victim to bullying often have lasting emotional effects such as depression and

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