Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Lateral violence among nurses
There is a great discussion at allnurses.com regarding the age-old issue of "nurses eating their young". It is amazing to me that for all the compassion nurses have for patients and being ranked as the most ethical profession, nurses have no reservations turning on each other. Disclaimer: Not all nurses are guilty of this behavior; but not all nurses will intervene or stop one nurse from harassing another either. And lately it seems that there is a renewed emphasis on lateral violence and healthy work environments by many nursing organizations which aim to raise awareness and empower nurses to not tolerate such behavior (a great effort and much needed topic for discussion). But I have to ask will this ritual ever end?