Good morning, readers! Lots of changes recently, as I've officially retired, after 36 years, from clinical nursing, and am now devoting myself full time to consulting.
Forensics Talk will still continue though. I'm currently working on future posts, including one on nursing and workplace bullying, long over due, that I promised to write for a colleague.
Bullying has been in the public eye a lot recently. As bad as it is for kids to bully each other, one would think that adult professionals would know better, especially in the field of Forensic Nursing.
Since we treat victims of violence, why would we behave in such a manner towards each other? And, according to experts, whether recognized by hospital administrators or not, workplace bullying and harassment is a part of workplace violence.
But, unfortunately, it does happen in our field, as it does in any other area of nursing. It's been long known that bullying and harassment is rampant in the medical field. There's an old saying that Nurses tend to eat their young.
Unfortunately, as almost any nurse can tell you, it's very true. And it's not just the young. These days, elder nurses are being targeted too. Why? I'll be disclosing some documented reasons in the article. Sadly, nurses are probably among the least protected of employees.
While I'm still working on this article, I invite any medical professional to write, anonymously if they wish, and share their story or feelings on this matter. Just write to my email address listed in this blog. I will do my best to include as many as I can in the article - which, at this point, looks to be a long one.