Workplace Bullying Can Take On Many Forms. Lateral Violence

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Workplace bullying can take on many forms. Lateral violence among nurses is a common example of workplace mistreatment, which affects individual nurses, patient’s care, and the ethical climate of an organization. In 2008, The Joint Commission released a sentinel alert addressing lateral violence, stating, “Intimidating and disruptive behaviors can foster medical errors, contribute to poor patient satisfaction and to preventable adverse outcomes, increase the cost of care, and cause qualified clinicians, administrators and managers to seek new positions in more professional environments” (Joint Commission, 2008). In this brief, ethical issues related to lateral violence are described with two approaches to solving this issue examined.…show more content…
The code emphasizes a standard of conduct that prohibits nurses from harassment or intimidating behavior with the expectation that nurses value the unique contributions to care that their coworkers provide. Second, nurses are expected to collaborate with their fellow coworkers due to the complexity of the health care delivery system (ANA, 2001). Disruptive behaviors interfere significantly with nurses’ intra-professional cooperation and multidisciplinary partnership. Addressing workplace bullying is a complex issue. Two recommendations along with their respective strengths and weaknesses are outlined below. First develop a set of no tolerance policies and procedures that strictly enforces the standards and codes of conduct of nurses. The policy should be developed from the bottom up with nurses having input in setting up the processes for reporting, documentation, and punitive actions. Involving the nurses, as key stakeholders will enable the policy to be effective and tailored to their needs. The key strength in this recommendation is the incidence of these types of disruptive behaviors would decrease. Additionally, individuals would have a system set in place where they could anonymously report their grievances. However a weakness would be that unless the organizational culture is present in where victimized nurses feel safe enough to report, there will be a low number of
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