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Nurses Share Successful Strategies They’ve Tried to Stop Workplace Bullying

Bullying between nurses, especially of those who are just starting out on the job, is incredibly common. Research shows that up to 85 percent of nurses have been verbally harassed at some point during the careers, and 1 in 3 bullied nurses has considered leaving the profession as a result.

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In theory, it’s up to leaders and HR to deal with such problems at their facilities, but this often doesn’t happen. Then, the responsibility falls on nurses themselves. Luckily, simple techniques, shared during a recent Twitter chat hosted by Lessons from the Bedside, can offer some relief.

Ask for help — from your bully.

One nurse told a story of bullying with possibly the best ending ever. If you ask the bully to show you how to improve, you might create a relationship of respect and even mentorship.

Say one kind thing to a coworker every shift.

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Spreading positivity can you prevent burnout, your own and team members. In addition, research shows a simple “thank you” can boost nurses’ quality of care, overall performance and even their health.

Assess how often you practice bullying behavior.

Perhaps one of the biggest impediments to ending nurse bullying is that many people don’t realize when they’re responsible. The host of the Twitter chat shared a clear-cut resource for assessing whether you have bullying tendencies. Another valuable one comes from American Nurse Today.

Don’t judge.

It’s easy to assume that someone is bad at his or her job after making a mistake that you don’t think you ever would’ve made. It’s much harder — and more helpful — to remember that you don’t know what happened during their shift.

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Reflect on why you’ve behaved badly, and apologize.

One of the primary goals of the Twitter chat was to encourage nurses to analyze their own behavior and see how it could be harmful to others. Passive aggressive comments, negative statements said “in jest,” unnecessary nitpicking — it all can destroy a coworker’s morale.

How have you dealt with nurse bullying throughout your career? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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