EBN Twitter Journal Club–Session 9

One often hears the anecdotes  about abuse of nurses from patients, families, co-workers and employers.  A recent study sought to determine the experience of nurses and midwives with aggressive behaviour and bullying. Of the 1495 returned questionnaires over half of the participants (52%) experienced some form of workplace aggression. Thirty-six percent experienced violence mostly from patients or their visitors/relatives and 32% experienced bullying mostly from colleagues or from their managers/supervisors.  Organizational response is thought to play a role.  The research article is the foundation for the EBN Twitter Journal Club discussion.

Some questions to consider:

  1. What do you think are some of the drawbacks of the questionnaire that was used?
  2. Workplace aggression and workplace bullying.  Do you think the two issues should be researched separately?  Why, or why not?
  3. What role do you think bystanders of WO or WB play in solving these problems?

Farrell GA, Shafiei T. Workplace aggression, including bullying in nursing and midwifery: a descriptive survey (the SWAB study). Int J Nurs Stud 2012;49:1423–31

Full Article Online  http://bit.ly/11vmIEi

Commentary available at:  http://bit.ly/10F071F

The discussion will take place Wednesday, May 15 (14.00 UK time) to Friday, May 17 (16.00 Eastern Canadian time), 2013.  Be sure to tweet your messages and include #ebnjc to be part of the discussion.

NOTE:  The EBN Journal Club will be moving to a new format in May.  Stay tuned for details!


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