A Feast of Insight & Resources on Nurse-Nurse Bullying aka Horizontal or Lateral Violence, aka Covert Abuse

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I have a huge focus on “Medical Improv” these days because it builds respectful,  professional behaviors among individuals, teams, and organizations.  This is the opposite  of bullying!  While answering a linkedin question from a nurse leader requesting information about horizontal violence I listed and linked to related posts on “Confident Voices”.  Here they are.  Please feel free to add your own resources and links via comments.

When Staff Align Against Each Other: Helping Patients Understand & Nurses Stop this Kind of Horizontal Violencedoc nurse handshake

When Talking about Bullying Isn’t Safe & The Day I Didn’t Speak Up!

Bullying in Healthcare is a Global Issue

Can Facilitated Discussions on Bullying be Fun & Helpful? Turning Resistance into Engaged Commitment for Change!

“I Have to VENT!” As Nurses, Are We Letting Off Innocent Steam or Fueling Lateral Violence?

Insights on Disparaging Survey: What Practicing Nurses Believe about Hospital Safety

Understanding & Stopping Nurse Bullying: A New Book that Makes a Difference

Bully or Bullying? Why Language Matters in Stopping Disruptive Behavior among Nurses & Doctors 

Nurse Leader in Bullying Education Shares Resource in Gesture of Collaboration: Thank You, Renee Thompson!

Can Practicing Improv Make Hospitals Safe?

Communication Dynamics & Patient Safety in the Operating Room: Insights for Surgeon, Nurse, Patient Advocate & Administrative Leaders

120px-GrassrootsLeadershipWhy Hospitals Should Adopt a “No Innocent Bystander” Rule for Zero Tolerance of Workplace Violence & Promoting Safe Culture

Staffing Shortages, Poor Communication, Workplace Violence & Informing Patient Advocates!

Book Review: The Real Healthcare Reform: How Embracing Civility Can Beat Back Burnout & Revive Your Healthcare Career

Disruptive Behavior, Bullying, & Incivility: A Glossary of Violence in Healthcare Workplaces

Engaging Nurses in Culture Change Efforts with the Key to Pandora’s Box


OD Consultant and Author, Beth Boynton has been trained in the Professor Watson Medical Improv Curriculum at the Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University.

Please contact beth@bethboynton.com or 603-319-8293 to learn more about how a program can be adapted to your healthcare team, students, or organization.


Testimonials from “Improv for Healthcare Professionals” pilot workshop with Beth Boynton, RN, MS

“Perspective: Serious Play: Teaching Medical Skills With Improvisational Theater Techniques”,  Professor Katie Watson, JD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Academic Medicine, Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, October 2011 – Volume 86 – Issue 10 – pp 1260-1265

“Improvisational Exercises to Improve Pharmacy Students’ Professionals Communication Skills”,  Kevin P. Boesen, PharmD, Richard N. Herrier, PharmD, David A. Apgar, PharmD and Rebekah M. Jackowski, PharmD, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education,  April 2009.

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