Find out if you’re in danger of becoming the perpetrator
If you have exhibited the following behavior toward a colleague, you may be on your way to becoming a bully. Review the following bullying “weapons” to find out if your own conduct is suspect.
Verbally criticize or name-call colleagues?
Use intimidation tactics?
Play the blame game?
Sabotage the work of others?
Use ethnic jokes or slurs?
Become physically violent?
Do you …
Withhold information that may be needed by colleagues to do their jobs?
Exclude others from conversations, projects?
Issue unfair assignments?
Attempt to undermine your colleagues?
Downplay others’ accomplishments?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be exhibiting bullying behavior.
Source: Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN, Series on Bullying, American Sentinel’s The Sentinel Watch.
For information on this important topic, read Thompson’s article, “Let’s get clear: What bullying is not”.
Courses Related to ‘Bullying and Positive Leadership’
60108: Learning to Lead: From Staff Nurse to Charge Nurse (5 contact hrs)
All nurses are leaders. They not only support patients in doing what they are unable to do for themselves, but they also manage their care and lead them toward a vision and personal goal of better health. Most nurses find themselves in a position to lead a group of colleagues in a team or on a patient care unit. This course focuses on the skills needed to manage both the patient and the staff caring for an entire group of patients. Implementation of leadership and management strategies — such as conflict resolution, interprofessional communication, coaching, delegation, and assessment — is outlined and demonstrated in case examples.
CE305-60: Helping Children Who Are Being Teased and Bullied (1 contact hr)
Surveys have shown that about 20% to 28% of American youths (middle school and high school age) report being bullied. Research studies have shown that those who are chronically teased or bullied can suffer short- and long-term psychological consequences and physical problems. This educational activity will help you to distinguish between being teased and bullied and to present effective strategies to help youths, families, and school personnel prevent or respond to harsh teasing or bullying.