Nurse Education in Practice
Exploring bullying: Implications for nurse educators
Sharon L. Edwards
, Claire Frances O’Connell
Department of Pre-registration, Nursing Faculty of Health Studies, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, Chalfont Campus, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire HP8 4AD, United Kingdom b Green Lawns, Kilmona Grenagh Co., Cork, Republic of Ireland
Accepted 27 March 2006
Summary This article examines brieﬂy the issue of workplace violence and bullying in the hospital environment, but more importantly how the same and different styles of bullying and intra-staff bullying are emerging in nurse education. The content describes the aetiology of violence and bullying and their place in the National Health Service (NHS) including nursing. It explores bullying as the principle form of intimidation in nurse education, the different types and subtle forms of bullying, why individuals become bullies, dealing with and the consequences of bullying. The legislation, guidelines, policies are part of the recommendations for practice. c 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
In modern day society, it could be argued that violence and aggression is a common aspect of daily life. Violence and abuse within the hospital setting occurs throughout the entire health care sector (Zernike and Sharpe, 1998; Wells and Bowers, 2002). Over the years, negative incidents including violence, harassment, and aggression and bullying have been steadily increasing. In the year 2002/
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2003, there were an estimated 116,000 incidents…...