The RCN believes that the nursing workforce should be treated fairly and consistently, and with dignity and respect wherever they work. As a newly registered nurse you may be exposed to, or witness, bullying behaviours from colleagues or managers.
Bullying can impact on the victims’ physical, psychological and emotional health. It can lead to poor work performance and feelings of fear and anger. Unsurprisingly in workplace cultures where bullying is allowed to thrive, it can impact on patient outcomes. There is increasing evidence that incivility or rudeness at work can impact on patient safety.
Your employer has a duty of care to provide a safe and healthy working environment, which includes one where dignity and respect is promoted and bullying behaviours tackled at the earliest instance. Nursing staff also have a responsibility to ensure their behaviour does not distress colleagues.
RCN Bullying and Harassment at Work: a guide for members rcn.org.uk/bullying-guide
Bullying, harassment and stress – online advice and a diary you can use to log incidents: rcn.org.uk/bullying
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