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Identifying and Addressing Bullying in Nursing


Cleary, M and Hunt, GE and Horsfall, J, Identifying and Addressing Bullying in Nursing, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31, (5) pp. 331-335. ISSN 0161-2840 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3109/01612840903308531


Bullying activities can be overt and intimidating or comparatively invisible to others. Nurses who work in a culture of bullying may experience job dissatisfaction and physiological and psychological consequences. Failure to adhere to professional responsibilities and engage in acceptable interpersonal behaviours sets the scene for unhealthy workplaces. Bullying is also costly to organisations due to increased leave and nurse attrition and decreased nurse productivity, satisfaction, and morale. This review provides an overview of bullying, how this impacts on nursing staff, and ways to reduce bullying incidents to cultivate a more positive work environment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bullying, nursing, workforce
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:108383
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-19
Last Modified:2016-05-23

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