Horizontal violence and The Effects on Nurses and Patients

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Horizontal violence is not a topic that medical faculties discuss on a day-to-day basis, but it is an enormous problem within the health care system. In this research the author looks at bulling from a registered nurse (r.n.) aspect .The effects on patient centered care can be detrimental for patients and r.n.’s. The work place needs to be a safe place for not only the patients but also the employees. With the rise of new graduate nurses who are employed by the medical facilities, they too are starting to face horizontal violence within the first year on the job, which leads to retention of nurses in the medical field. Horizontal violence will continue to arise if nurses do not stand up to bullying and empower victims to speak up on horizontal violence. Many registered nurses define horizontal violence differently because being a nurse they have seen many type of horizontal violence throughout his or her career. Horizontal violence defined as bullying or mistreatment of a group or individual physically, verbally and psychologically (Ahrens, 2012). Some examples that would be consider physical would be sexual misconduct. Verbal violence would be rude comments or cussing at one author. In addition, to psychological violence would include being fussed at in front of patients and or their families by a co-worker for doing something wrong and nurses purposely withholding information from another nurse, which causes patient’s needs not to be met. The horizontal violence in the work place puts lots of stress on nurses especially registered nurses (R.N.) . Nurses who tolerate horizontal violence tend to have depression, low self-esteem, missed days from work, become fatigued, burnout, causes hospitals, or clinics to have nurse ret... ... middle of paper ... ...S. L. (2012). Workplace Issues. In (Ed.), Nursing Today Transition and Trends (7th ed., pp. 546-565). St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Saunders. Blair, P. L. (2013). Lateral violence in nursing. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 39, 75-78. doi:10.1016/j.jen.2011.12.006 Ceravolo, D. J., Schwartz, D. G., Foltz-Ramos, K. M., & Castner, J. (2012). Strengthening Communication to Overcome Lateral Violence. Journal of Nursing Managment, 599-606. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2834.201.01402 Wilson, B. L. (2013). Horizontal hostility a threat to patient safety. Jona’s Healthare Law, Ethics, and Regulation, 15, 51-57. doi:10.1097/NHL0B013e3182861503 Wilson, B. L., Diedrich, A., Phelps, C. L., & Choi, M. (2011). Bullies at work the impact of horizontal hostility in the hospital setting and intent to leave. The Journal of Nursing Admistration, 41, 453-457. doi:10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182346e90

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