Lateral Workplace Violence : Effective, Destructive, Or Harassment Behavior

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Lateral workplace violence is described as aggressive, destructive, or harassment behavior in the workplace between nurses or other members of the interprofessional team (Yoder-Wise, 2015). This type of behavior can occur within every aspect of life including professional, social, and personal life. The behavior can include gossiping, withholding information, or ostracism extending outside of the workplace and can occur in person or in cyberspace (American Nursing Association, 2011). Lateral workplace violence is very common among nursing students and new graduates due to the lack of confidence and skill set these individuals possess during the learning process. These new nurses are forced to rely on nurse managers and leaders to prevent interprofessional conflict from peers with equal power (Yoder-Wise, 2015). The topic was selected because lateral workplace violence is a problem student nurses and newly licensed nurses will face and need to be prepared before entering the workforce. These individuals need to possess the skills to handle the conflict on a one-on-one basis. If the conflict cannot be handled, they need to know a superior is available if needed. Confidential reporting is also necessary to prevent retaliation from the perpetrator to the victim. Student nurses who are transitioning into the role of registered nurse need to learn how to work with other members of the interprofessional team to prevent the negative impact on nursing staff as well as

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