Workplace Bullying

Workplace Bullying and Lateral Violence

It has been said that nurses eat their young. Although this phrase may seem particularly harsh, nurse-to-nurse hostility does exist to the detriment of our profession.

"Lateral violence and bullying have been documented extensively among the interactions between healthcare professionals in the workplace" (Center for American Nurses, 2008).


  • Definition and Overview
  • Conditions that lead to bullying
  • Examples of Nurse-to-Nurse Bullying
  • Manifestations of Lateral Violence
  • Prevalence
  • Consequences of bullying to the nurse and organization
  • Tools and Interventions to Handle Bullying
  • References

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ANA Incivility, Bullying and Workplace Violence Position Statement

The American Nurses Association has released the following position statement: Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence. Declaring that the nursing profession “will no longer tolerate violence of any kind from any source”, the statement calls on nurses and employers to create a culture of respect and to implement evidence-based strategies for incivility, bullying, and workplace violence prevention.

Incivility, Bullying and Workplace Violence contains policy useful for nursing students, registered nurses, and their employers. The position statement, developed by a panel of registered nurses (RNs), contains the following elements:

  •     Statement of ANA position
  •     Definitions of key terms
  •     Thorough background of the issues
  •     Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention recommendations
  •     ANA resources
  •     Extensive references
  •     And much more!

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