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    Is bullying a problem in your facility? If so, who is doing the bullying and who is receiving it? Is it the new nurse, the float, the agency nurse, etc? Is there a power clique that does most of the bullying, or does it all come from admin down?

    What has your facility done to reduce bullying in the workplace?

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    As I posted on this forum “Charge nurse blues” there is tons of bullying going on my floor. From the charge nurses to the management. This past weekend I had my asst manager say to me “any competent charge nurse would have known that” I’ve have a charge nurse who gossips and lies on everyone on our floor and I’m told by my manager ” no one believes her what is the problem just ignore her”. We have a zero tolerance policy at my facility on lateral violence but when you report it nothing is done. Also, the higher ups are spending thousand of dollars trying to work on hiring and retention and cannot understand why my floor has the highest turnover in the whole place…duh! I really don’t know where to go with this issue which has cost us 22 nurses and numbers of other staff in the past 3 years, and have even stated the obvious to management. What DO you do when this is an issue short of leaving? I make excellent pay which feeds my family and our whole household depends on to live so leaving is not an option, and besides why should I have to give up my pay when it is the bullies that are the problem?

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    The first DON I worked under at the first hospital I worked for was and is a bully. Can’t imagine how she is still working at that job but she is and making everybody miserable. Not saying I wish her harm but her name IS the the first thing I look for in the local obits every morning.

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    I worked for a DON at my last facility who bullied me no end. She did it to others, too, but mostly me. She finally fired me for several imagined/exaggerated offenses. She was no paragon of virtue herself. She would behave inappropriately to the residents. There were many witnesses to this, but everyone needed their jobs. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the money to pursue legal proceedings. She finally showed her true self to someone from corporate & was escorted out. Made my day!

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