Workplace Bullying

September 13, 2010
By Nursing

In any workplace, when you are mixing employees personality together there are going to be issues involved. No matter what the Workplace is, be it the computer world, the shopping mall or even the police force there are times when Workplace Bullying can occur. So if you are in the Nursing Industry you are likely to be exposed to many different people and their own way of doing tasks. So when does doing a job over step the line and become bullying?

Nursing Issues Experiences Workplace Bullying

Late last week within the Nursing Industry there was an incident at work. It was an afternoon shift and one of the Carers personality really clashed with Nurse Riley*.  The Carer – named Angry Ant* likes to think she runs the place. From the smallest jobs, like emptying the bins to the highest jobs, Angry Ant thinks she is top Ant and everyone else are the little workers. It was not a pleasant feeling for Nurse Riley and one that she is learning deeply from.

Workplace Bullying Is Not Allowed

In this new age of technology and uptodate information world the Workforce is meant to be anti-bullying.  No matter what, bullying is not to be accepted. So how do Nurses seem to get away with Workplace Bullying? Actually it is more common then you think. Angry Ant is likely to get away with putting another nurse down, speaking about another Nurse to another Carer and having a go about every little aspect of her ability to do her job because the powers that be are not informed. Its usually the bully’s think that they can be a bully without being caught – thinking that the little worker is too scared to speak up.

Who To Tell?

Who is going to tell on the big bully? The little ant is usually to frighten to speak out, especially if Angry Ant has worked in the same place for many years and has gotten away with the bullying. It makes it very uncomfortable for Nurse Riley to speak out loud about the issue without the workplace taking sides and dividing their alliances. Not sure why the person that is being made to feel bad has to then take on the rest of the work place thoughts/dividing the carers to who is in the right and who is in the wrong but that’s the way Workplace Bullying happens.

Speak Out – Stop Bullying In The Workforce

NO matter what. Speak to your supervisor, your management team and others that will support you. Report the bullying so that it is stopped immediately. Nurse Riley has a right to feel safe at work, and support from her team members. Not to go home and cry herself to sleep because of Angry Ant big chip on her shoulder. Not sure why Angry Ant behaviours in that manner, but feel like she must be lacking in some area of her life to behave in that manner. Its almost like she is the school yard bully and feels like she is worthy when she looks good, and others around her feel bad.

STOP Workplace Bullying

Be it in the Nursing Industry, the police force, as a school teacher, a cleaner, a flight attendant, in the food industry……any industry – let workers feel safe. Know that they can go to work and complete their job without having to look over their shoulder and dread going to work. If you are the Angry Ant – then stop and think about how you would feel if it was happening to you. If you are Nurse Riley then know that you are not alone, and be brave. Stand up for your rights – Stop the Bullying in the Workforce today.

Nursing Issues. Nursing With Love.

(*names have been changed to protect and promote privacy)

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2 Responses to Workplace Bullying

  1. Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny on January 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    You’re so brave to bring this up. I have a friend – a guy – who works as a registered nurse. He told me that someone snapped a photo of a nurse who fell asleep during the night shift. He said the group didn’t like this nurse so one of them sent the photo to HR. The nurse, a single mom with two kids, lost her job just before Christmas. What kind of people do this? The ones who are caring for sick patients. Bullying is real. I’m working on a new series that I started two weeks ago on my blog. It’s called How To Stand Up For Yourself. I’m attempting to demonstrate how to handle situations right in the moment that someone is being dreadful. Effective boundary setting!
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    • Nursing on January 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      Cheryl,

      Bullying is huge in any industry but I believe Nursing is the worst. Sorry to hear about your friend’s nurse who lost her job. Its an issue that is on the up – staying asleep at night while having kids is not easy. Good Luck with your series.

      Nursing Issues.

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