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5 ways to deal with nurse bullying

Nurse bullying…it sounds counterintuitive, but it happens and it’s no secret (among nurses, at least). In this week’s episode of “The Sean Dent Show” on ScrubsBeat, Sean covers five common behaviors that can either drive or help eliminate nurse bullying.

Are you familiar with them? Watch to find out, and be sure to let us know whether or not you agree with Sean’s assessment in the comments section below—any examples from your own experience are most welcome!

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4 Responses to 5 ways to deal with nurse bullying

  1. Gurnblanston

    I think that the presence of management on the floor. Some managers have the ability to recognize and address issues effectively and appropriately. Others are like ineffective parents. They just want quiet even if people have to suffer quietly. Worse yet, some employees seem protected – no matter what their behavior.

  2. DKScrubTech

    Hi Sean! As I posted with Katie’s video yesterday, it amazes me that we are in a profession for caring for people, yet there are so many that don’t care about each other! I am a confident person (not cocky) in any way. It becomes hurtful and I do take things personally, when people say, you have a great heart, and you always try and help others. and go the extra mile. Many people don’t like that. There is also a lack of support from management. too many clicks, and yes cultural clicks as well. I was always brought up to treat people the way you want to be treated! What is the solution?? I’ve been in healthcare 35 years, seems like this is getting worse for so many!

  3. cinnybug LPN

    While I do agree with your “assessment” of the bullying atmosphere/parameters I personally find that most bullying is done by another nurse who is insecure and/or territorial. There is one nurse in my facility who goes out of her way to bully new nurses when they work her floor. My way of handling this nurse was to simply ignore all of her baiting comments and maintain a professional attitude. After some time, she stopped attempting to control or bait me. The funny thing was, whenever she worked my floor she was the most pleasant person you could imagine…but then she was in my territory lol. So, having a confident manner certainly worked in my favor. Did she get under my skin? Yes, at times. I happen to have a very patient demeanor so I was able to wait out the situation. Other nurses in the facility would end up yelling at her and then refusing to ever work with her again. I think the reason she is so territorial is because she is the only LPN working among RN’s on a sub-acute floor. I personally don’t make a distinction between LPN and RN (yes I know there are some things an RN can do that I can’t) as I feel that we are all nurses but with different levels of experience. I work with RN’s that have many years of experience as well as RN’s fresh out of school. I learn from them and they learn from me. We are all a part of the team.

  4. Bird

    I think that a way to alleviate bullying, especially seasoned nurses toward new nurses, is to be their mentor and not be demeaning the things they don’t know and need to learn. After all, they learn new things in school and we can learn from them as well. Knowledge is a two way street.