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Nursing News: Lateral Violence in Nursing Environment

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 30th, 2012

As researchers take an in-depth look at the causes of nursing turnover, one of the most surprising and challenging issues discovered is that some nurses leave due to unbearable conflict with their colleagues and/or direct supervisor, which speaks loudly as to the nursing environment that is being created in most facilities.

This discovery seems paradoxical! The central focus of nursing is caring, yet interpersonal workplace conflict among nurses significantly impacts nurse retention.

The effect of lateral violence has been reported in the nursing literature for more than 20 years. Poor personal relationships among nurses in the workplace can undermine the organization’s safety by leading to errors, accidents, and poor work performance.

Lateral violence also drains nurses of their energy and challenges attempts to create a satisfied nursing workforce.

By raising nurses’ awareness of the issues and behaviors of lateral violence, the destructive cycle of this behavior can be broken. Heightened awareness will allow nurses to feel empowered to bring about significant change in their working relationships and environment.

Do you have lateral violence in your workplace? What steps can you take to change your work environment, to help retain your nurses?

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