by Marie A. Castronovo,
Nurse bullying has been called “nursing’s dirty little secret” — but it’s actually not “little” at all. It’s a pervasive problem, resulting in significant consequences to health care institutions, the nursing profession, the health of nurses, and the safety of patients. It even results in patient deaths. And yet, tragically, many hospitals either deny that it exists or accept it as the norm.
This article demonstrates the critical need to resolve the problem of nurse bullying, and puts forth a solution to achieve that goal. In a nutshell, the proposed solution involves measuring nurses’ perceptions of bullying at hospitals, and holding institutions accountable for eliminating it.
There are two incentives built into the idea:
- a financial one – which links the level of bullying to the amount of federal money institutions receive
- a reputational one – in which the levels of nurse bullying at each institution would be made public for patients and prospective employees to see.
Learn more about this new approach: Nurse Bullying: A Review And A Proposed Solution
Marie A. Castronovo is a Family Nurse Practitioner practicing in New York City. She is the lead author of “Nurse Bullying: A Review and a Proposed Solution,” published in the May/June issue of Nursing Outlook. She is also a frequent speaker on the topic of nurse bullying, with a focus on its resolution. In addition, Marie served on the Advisory Committee of the American Nurses Association’s Workplace Violence and Incivility Professional Issues Panel.
Prior to becoming a nurse, Marie worked in the business world for 25 years, where she was recognized as a leader in the international tax profession.