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Bullying at work: we all know nursing is far from immune, but support is out there

Whether you’re being bullied, or witnessing it, the RCN’s Josephine Brady offers advice
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Whether you’re being bullied, or witnessing it, the RCN’s Josephine Brady offers advice

Many nurses, whether they work in the NHS or elsewhere, experience bullying in some form despite concerted efforts to stamp it out. The word 'bullying' may evoke playground antics, but the consequences are extremely serious.

Healthcare workers are more likely to experience bullying and harassment than those in other sectors. In the latest RCN employment survey, 39% of respondents said they had been bullied.

Consequences of bullying extend beyond staff to patient safety

Fewer than half of them had reported the problem, perhaps due to a lack of faith that anything meaningful would come of it. It hasn’t been unusual in the past for nurses to report unwarranted behaviour and see nothing change.

The RCN survey also suggests BME – black or minority ethnic

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