When Nurses Hurt Nurses: Recognizing and Overcoming the Cycle of Bullying / Edition 1

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Overview

This book discusses the phenomenon that has dogged the nursing profession for decades but that is only now getting the serious study and discussion it deserves: the tendency to "eat our young." The book explains the history of nurse bullying, theories about why it occurs, why the problem is growing, how it damages the profession, and what can be done to prevent it. It is written in a conversational style and focuses on practical information using real-life examples to highlight important points. Includes brief, sample dialogues that nurse readers can use to defuse or prevent bullying behaviors and strategies to promote a more positive work environment.
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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: The author explores relational bullying in nursing, discusses its pervasiveness and causes, and shares ways to recognize and change the behavior. It examines all of the parties, the bully, the victim, and the bystander.
Purpose: The purpose is to help nurses understand the problem of nurse-to-nurse bullying in order to comprehend the negative outcomes this behavior produces for the work environment, for nurse colleagues, and for patient safety.
Audience: All nurses should read this book so that the problem of relational aggression (RA) is better understood and can be dealt with successfully.
Features: The 12 chapters are divided into two parts - "RN RA: Nurses and Relational Aggression" and "Healing from the Inside Out." The book incorporates numerous nurses' stories of bullying as well as chapter exercises. The book ends with eight appendixes, which include questionnaires measuring the reader's RA quotient, scenarios of aggression to evaluate, and resources such as books, online articles and blogs, YouTube videos, and organizations that deal with the subject of relational aggression.
Assessment: "This is a very user-friendly book with a plethora of practical information about RA in general and nurse-to-nurse aggression in particular. It helps readers recognize if they have participated in RA with colleagues, have been a victim, or if they have been bystanders and have not confronted a bully in action. It clearly shows the destructiveness of this behavior and the damage it can do to the persons involved and to the patients under the nurses' care. It should be required reading for those at all levels of healthcare, from staff nurses through administrators, so that they can recognize nurse-to-nurse bullying and deal with in a timely and positive manner. "
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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN(University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: The author explores relational bullying in nursing, discusses its pervasiveness and causes, and shares ways to recognize and change the behavior. It examines all of the parties, the bully, the victim, and the bystander.
Purpose: The purpose is to help nurses understand the problem of nurse-to-nurse bullying in order to comprehend the negative outcomes this behavior produces for the work environment, for nurse colleagues, and for patient safety.
Audience: All nurses should read this book so that the problem of relational aggression (RA) is better understood and can be dealt with successfully.
Features: The 12 chapters are divided into two parts - "RN RA: Nurses and Relational Aggression" and "Healing from the Inside Out." The book incorporates numerous nurses' stories of bullying as well as chapter exercises. The book ends with eight appendixes, which include questionnaires measuring the reader's RA quotient, scenarios of aggression to evaluate, and resources such as books, online articles and blogs, YouTube videos, and organizations that deal with the subject of relational aggression.
Assessment: "This is a very user-friendly book with a plethora of practical information about RA in general and nurse-to-nurse aggression in particular. It helps readers recognize if they have participated in RA with colleagues, have been a victim, or if they have been bystanders and have not confronted a bully in action. It clearly shows the destructiveness of this behavior and the damage it can do to the persons involved and to the patients under the nurses' care. It should be required reading for those at all levels of healthcare, from staff nurses through administrators, so that they can recognize nurse-to-nurse bullying and deal with in a timely and positive manner. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935476566
  • Publisher: Simga Theta Tau International
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 403,600
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheryl Dellasega earned her PhD in health education and counseling, and has worked clinically as a nurse practitioner. She is an expert on relational aggression (RA), a form of bullying used by females. She has two upcoming books: When Nurses Hurt Nurses and Girls Growing Up Too Soon (Sourcebooks, , and she is the author of five nonfiction books on issues affecting women: Forced to Be Family (Wiley, 2007), Mean Girls Grown Up (Wiley, 2005), The Starving Family (Champion Press, 2005), Girl Wars (Simon & Schuster, 2003), and Surviving Ophelia (Perseus, 2001). In 2007, Dr. Dellasega's YA fiction series, Bloggrls, was launched by Marshall Cavendish. Dr. Dellasega's speaking, writing, and teaching offer essential insights into the different conflicts that arise within the context of female friendships and family relationships.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part 1: RN RA: Nurses and Relational Aggression
Chapter 1: Women at Work
Chapter 2: The Caring Profession
Chapter 3: Nurse Against Nurse? No Way!
Chapter 4: Bosses Aren't the Only Bullies
Chapter 5: Victimology
Chapter 6: Standing By and Watching or Passive Participation
Chapter 7: Some Nurses Are Better Than Others—Really?
Part 2: It Can Be Different: Healing From The Inside Out
Chapter 8: A Crash Course on RA Recovery
Chapter 9: If No One's Working Together, It Isn't A Team
Chapter 10: Management Mayhem: The Role of Those in Charge
Chapter 11: The Health Care Culture: In Need of a Cure
Chapter 12: Education, Research, & Clinical Care
Resources
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
References

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