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Bullying in the Nursing Industry Is Common

In previous posts, we explained the harmful physiological effects that can result from work-related anxiety and stress. Bullying is a major contributor to workplace emotional injuries. At the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., we understand the disastrous long-term effects of bullying behavior among employees in Iowa, especially for those in the nursing profession.

The nursing industry is rife with a bullying hierarchy, explains the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. In numerous surveys, people in the healthcare field say how being the victims of co-worker bullying or witnessing these behaviors have affected their job performance and even impacted the health and well-being of their patients. The sad truth, which you may already suspect, is that workplace bullying occurs in the healthcare industry more than other industries across the country.

Why is this so? Healthcare experts believe that the fast-paced, high-stress environment in the nursing field, combined with the pressure to multitask and perform well without making mistakes, can lead some workers to bully others. This behavior can include undermining subordinates in front of others, questioning their integrity, taking credit for another’s work, spreading rumors and excluding the victim from social activities. Nursing bullies might also assign work that is meaningless or below the target’s level of experience or deliberately sabotage their work duties to cause a mishap.

As you can imagine, this kind of disruptive and harmful behavior can be bad for patients to witness or be caught in the middle of, and it may upset nurses to the point where they perform their jobs poorly, suffer from chronic anxiety or even resign from their positions. Our page on psychological injuries explains more about the detrimental effects of workplace bullying.