Horizontal violence, or workplace bullying, is all too common within the nursing workforce. In a nine-item Horizontal Violence Behavior Survey in Nursing Economic$, The Journal for Health Care Leaders, a majority of respondents reported having personally witnessed horizontal violence including backstabbing, failure to respect the privacy of others, nonverbal negative innuendo, and bickering among peers.
The behaviors associated with horizontal violence can have destructive consequences for nurses, organizations, and patients. One reason bullying continues to thrive is because nurses haven’t learned how to properly address the behavior; often turning the other cheek and thus perpetuating the problem.
To address this issue, Renee Thompson, MSN, RN, CMSRN, author and national speaker, has created a two-day seminar for nurses on bully-proofing and communication. The seminar is for all nurses who are or might be a target of bullying, and for organizations trying to end bullying in their workplace.
During the two sessions, “’Do No Harm’ Applies to Nurses Too!” and “Communication, Conflict and Co-workers – Oh My!” nurses will learn strategies to protect and bully-proof themselves at work as well as methods for effective communication.
Participants may register for one or both seminars. Single-day registration is $169, and full registration is $298. Early-bird discounts are available, and sessions are buy one get one free for all undergraduate nursing students.
Seminars are scheduled for:
Orlando, FL: March 14-15, 2013
Raleigh, NC: April 24-25, 2013,
Atlantic City, NJ: May 22-23, 2013