Bullying in nursing: is it in the eye of the beholder?

Hartin, Peter, Birks, Melanie, and Lindsay, David (2019) Bullying in nursing: is it in the eye of the beholder? Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 20. pp. 82-91.

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Abstract

The nursing profession is presented with numerous definitions of workplace bullying. This study provides an in-depth analysis of the concept of bullying in the nursing profession in Australia through a scoping review of definitions presented in literature published up until 2018. The research questions used to guide the search were as follows: How has the definition of bullying in nursing in Australia been conceptualized in the literature? How do these definitions of bullying differ? How has the definition of bullying, as used in the literature, evolved over time? The review was informed by the approach of Arksey and O’Malley, containing explicit definitions of bullying in nursing literature. The findings reveal that the literature does not reflect a shared and integrated vision of the exact nature of bullying in the nursing profession. The conceptualization of bullying in the nursing profession has become more dynamic over time. The myriad ways in which bullying in nursing is defined in Australia has important implications for research, practice, education, and policy.

Item ID: 58227
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-7468
Keywords: bullying, nursing, Australia, policy, workplace
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2019
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2019 04:18
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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