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:
- What do you think are some of the drawbacks of the questionnaire that was used?
- Workplace aggression and workplace bullying. Do you think the two issues should be researched separately? Why, or why not?
- 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!