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Workplace Bullying: Concerns for Nurse Leaders
Journal of Nursing Administration
  • Susan L Johnson, University of Washington - Tacoma Campus
  • Ruth E Rea, University of Washington - Tacoma Campus
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OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe nurses' experiences with and characteristics related to workplace bullying. BACKGROUND: Although the concept of workplace bullying is gaining attention, few studies have examined workplace bullying among nurses. METHODS: This was a descriptive study using a convenience sample of 249 members of the Washington State Emergency Nurses Association. The Negative Acts Questionnaire-Revised was used to measure workplace bullying. RESULTS: Of the sample, 27.3% had experienced workplace bullying in the last 6 months. Most respondents who had been bullied stated that they were bullied by their managers/directors or charge nurses. Workplace bullying was significantly associated with intent to leave one's current job and nursing. CONCLUSION: In seeking remedies to the problem of workplace bullying, nurse leaders need to focus on why this bullying occurs and on ways to reduce its occurrence. This is a critical issue, since it is linked with nurse attrition.

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Susan L Johnson and Ruth E Rea. "Workplace Bullying: Concerns for Nurse Leaders" Journal of Nursing Administration Vol. 39 Iss. 2 (2009) p. 84 - 90
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