Nurse Recruitment and Nurse Retention Tool: Stop Disruptive Behaviors

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 12th, 2013

Unfortunately, tension between colleagues and other disruptive behavior is a common problem in healthcare settings. It’s more than just a work annoyance; it negatively affects both nurse retention and nurse recruitment.

According to a joint study conducted by the Studer Group and the Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn., three in four healthcare providers experienced some kind of disruptive or intimidating behavior in the course of their work.

A full 66% of respondents stated they have considered leaving their jobs and 41% transferred out of a department as a result of unprofessional behavior. The problem spans the entire spectrum of clinical and non-clinical workers and medical staff.

Too often patients witness this discord. They rightly wonder, “If that’s how they treat each other, how will they treat me?”

Bullying and in-fighting have a major effect on recruitment. Leaders are hesitant to place new nurses or students on floors with a notoriously mean staff. This is finally being addressed and workers are starting to be fired for the way they treat each other. They should be terminated because this behavior can impact the way they care for patients and it makes the work environment difficult for everyone, especially for new grads.

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One response to “Nurse Recruitment and Nurse Retention Tool: Stop Disruptive Behaviors”

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