Essay about Nursing: A Toxic Environment

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The profession of nursing is presumed compassionate and caring; however, nursing can be a toxic environment for the nursing student, the novice nurse as well as the experienced nurse. History shows that nurses have been subjected to physical, verbal, and emotional abuse simply related to the nature of the job. A major source of the verbal abuse comes from patients, families, physicians, other healthcare disciplines and sadly other nurses. Nurse on nurse abuse is also called horizontal violence. Horizontal violence is defined as a consistent hidden pattern of behavior in which the perpetrator inflicts control, diminishes, or devalues peers or groups which endanger their health or safety. Bullying is defined as a threat to a professional …show more content…
11). The negative ramifications also affect the nurse's self-esteem, job satisfaction, morale, patient care, productivity, and an increase in errors. The victims of bullying are targeted and often labeled as less intelligent and less capable of performing the standard norms, which keeps the focus on the victim and off the perpetrator normalizing the bully's behavior. This is especially true for large organizations with formal, lengthy decision-making policies, which provide a safe haven for the bully who goes virtually unnoticed by management (Rocker, 2008). Horizontal violence and workplace bullying are not rare occurrences. The prevalence of nurse on nurse violence is staggering. A cross-sectional study conducted in Turkey "Bullying Among Nurses and its Effects" by D. Yildirim used a sample method containing a five-part questionnaire which included common bullying behaviors, age, education level of nurse, years of experience, years at current facility, workload, effects of exposure to bullying, and depression correlating to the bullying events. The questionnaire was sent and included a sample size of 495 staff nurses chosen from 630 nurses in which 286 nurses returned the questionnaire resulting in a 58% return rate. Yildirim determined that 82% of the subjects had faced one or more incidence of bullying behaviors in the previous twelve months with a large percentage of the abusive behavior derived from their

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