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Climbing out of the bully pit (part 1). By Ian Miller @thenursepath · On November 1, 2015

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I have written about the impact of bullying behaviours on our profession before.
And I have asked the question: is it really as bad as this?

But what I have not written about is my own experience with these sorts of behaviours.
Over the last few years, I have experienced first hand how negative incidents within our nursing environment can impact on an individual.

I am going to try to relate them here (obviously, I cannot go into too much detail) in the hope other nurses might recognise these feelings from their own experience.
Others, who may be struggling, as I am, to resolve them.

Bullying behaviours may be overt, easy to recognise and originating from a clearly defined source.
Just to recap, bullying may be defined as:

Repeated, unwelcome behaviour of a person/s which has the potential to cause harm to a person/s wellbeing and may include;
Continued aggressive behaviour that intimidates, humiliates or undermines a person.
Deliberate misuse of power, and can come from people at level, above or below the employee;
and It can also occur outside of work location or hours and still affect an employees work performance or well being.

I think it would be useful to remove the word ‘aggressive’ from this definition. It conjures images of  schoolyard bullies intimidating with treats of physical harm. This may indeed be the case, but these behaviours may also be much more subtle, and occur from multiple sources and over an extended time frame.
Or they may originate from a single source but via a variety of diverse incidents.
They may even be unintended.

All this makes them none the less consequential.

Click Bully Pit to finish reading Part I

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