Factors counteracting nurses' bullying in healthcare organizations: An applied study in King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital in Jeddah Province

Eman Albishi, Omar Z. Alsharqi


In a time of diminishing human resources in the field of healthcare, bullying among nursing staff is a challenge that has a negative effect on the individual nurse, work team, patient care, and consequently, on the entire healthcare organization. This study aims to investigate the presence of policy that addresses bullying, nurses’ knowledge and skills in dealing with bullying behaviour, and the role of nursing managers in counteracting bullying among nurses in the workplace. A quantitative descriptive study utilizing self-administered questionnaires was undertaken. The key results to come out from this study show that the presence of workplace code of ethics policies to address bullying behaviours and the role of nursing managers do not contribute to counteracting bullying among nurses in the selected hospital. However, nurses indicated the significance of knowledge and skills in counteracting bullying. The study conclusions contribute a number of findings of importance to the field of nursing management. The study disclosed significant correlations between the healthcare organization's bullying behaviours policy, managers’ roles, and nurses’ knowledge and skills in counteracting bullying. Nurses’ workplace bullying behaviours can be managed and eradicated by means of the collaboration of the three parties: nurse managers, policy, and nurses’ knowledge and skills. This study has considerable implications for nursing management in counteracting bullying among nurses. Managers have a fundamental role in counteracting bullying, for example by setting policy and conducting organization-wide surveys to study nurses’ job satisfaction, therefore, recommendations include mandatory peer reviews as part of an annual appraisal for each nurse, the initiation of a formal system to report behavioural issues among healthcare staff and the establishment of a committee to respond to, and deal with, behavioural issues among the organization’s staff.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v8n10p20

Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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