Nearly half of those entering the nursing profession are concerned about being bullied by colleagues, according to a just-released Kaplan survey of 2,012 nursing school graduates from the class of 2014. About 48% of those surveyed say they are concerned about being the victims of workplace bullying or working in a hostile working environment and 39% personally knew nurses who were victims of workplace bullying or a hostile working environment, according to a news release.
Workplace bullying is a disturbing dynamic in the nursing profession and our survey shows that nurses entering the workforce have a justifiable degree of anxiety about the issue, Susan Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC and vice president of nursing, Kaplan Test Prep, said in the release. What makes workplace bullying among nurses so appalling is that most who enter this profession do so because they care about the well-being of others and rightfully expect the atmosphere of caring to include peer-to-peer interactions. But unfortunately thats all too frequently not the case. Changing cultural norms within the nursing profession will require efforts from all parties: from nursing graduates, in treating their colleagues with respect and raising awareness by reporting incidents; from nursing leaders, in leading by example to foster supportive behaviors and promote a healthy work environment; from healthcare institutions, in setting zero tolerance disciplinary policies and empowering staff to report on issues without fear of retaliation; and from academic institutions, in preparing students with conflict management skills to address situations as they arise.
Kaplans survey also found 79% of nursing school graduates think nursing schools should provide workshops and special training about how to handle workplace bullying or a hostile working environment.
The online survey was conducted in August among nursing school graduates who prepared for the NCLEX-RN exam with Kaplan.
See a video release illustrating the results of Kaplans survey at http://bit.ly/nursingbullying.