Nurses Eat Their Young

Nurses Eat Their Young

Nurses Eat Their Young 150 150 Peter

Nurses Eat Their Young

The phrase “nurses eat their young” has been around for decades. The consequences of bullying include nurses reporting poorer mental health, decreased collaboration with team members, ineffective communication, reduced work productivity, and poor job commitment.

  • Do you feel bullying or horizontal violence is an issue in the clinical environment? Why or why not?
  • Discuss how the nurse mentor can promote professional socialization in the workplace.

In order to receive full credit, you will need to clearly respond to both parts of the question using subtitles or bullets AND cite at least one scholarly reference in your response. You are required to participate on at least three (3) days of the week to receive full participation points.

Sample Paper

a) Bullying and horizontal violence is a very major issue in the clinical areas and it has affected the quality of care provided to the patients. In most cases the senior health professionals especially nurses tend to bully the younger nurses. This happens when the elder nurses demand that the younger nurses to perform duties that they are supposed to do by themselves. The younger nurses tend to have accumulated work that they need to do by the end of the day. This leads to stress due to overworking and this affects their mental health.

In addition to work overload, some of the elder male nurses tend to abuse the younger nurses sexually and threaten them to fire them if they do not agree to their demands. Some of the nurses remain silent for they do not want to loose their jobs, hence they are sexually assaulted but do nothing about it.

Another way that the younger nurses are bullied is by being forced to accept mistakes that they did not commit in the line of duty. Their seniors oppress them to cover up for them when they make mistakes. They are threatened with loss jobs if they do not cover up for them. They are therefore punished and disciplined for errors that they did not commit.

Horizontal violence also happens especially between nurses and doctors, where doctors look down on the nurses and humiliate them in front of other doctors. Some even verbally abuse the nurses thus attacking them emotionally and this affects their self esteem and it results to poor delivery of health care services to the patients.

Any type of bulling should not be encouraged in the clinical areas for at the end of it all there will be poor quality services offered to the patients.

b) Promoting professional socialization can be done by the nurse mentor through mentoring all the health care personnel and educating them on the importance of healthy socialization and on the importance of respecting everyone despite their shortcomings. The nurse mentor can promote this by setting meetings and conferences to educate the health care providers on the values one should have so that healthy socialization can be promoted.

Professional socialization can be promoted also by creating discussion groups including  medical professionals from all areas of the health care and then discussing on ways to enhance better quality care provision.

The nurse mentor can also create a safe environment where every health care personnel is free to practice their skills without fear of being discriminated or looked down on. The nurse mentor can collaborate with the hospital administration to ensure that there are channels to report any bullying in the hospital. A disciplinarian team should be set to discipline those found bullying others so that they can serve as an example to others. This will promote healthy socialization at work.

The nurse mentor should also encourage the younger nurses to stand strong for themselves and say no to bullying and feel free to report when any senior attempts bullying. The nurse mentor should also encourage the health care providers of the need to book a session with a counsellor once in a while where they can express their fears and any challenge they encounter. This will promote their emotional and physical wellbeing hence they will be able to give their best in the care for patients.