Alaska nurse Celia Harrison recently posted a long blog entry about her struggles with PTSD as a result of bullying at work:
I have tests I need to have done, yet can’t bring myself to go to the hospital to do them. I canceled one that was scheduled. My PTSD is triggered when I even think about going to a hospital in a rural area of this state that is known for workplace bullying. I can’t sleep before going for a test which normally would be a nothing event. It is knowing the hell some of the employees are going through that triggers the memories of what I went through.
Harrison’s post is a form of raw testimony from someone who is still fighting through the demons of being abused at work. It’s a long, and at times rambling discourse, sadly typical of the narratives that targets often write to describe their experiences. Those who are unfamiliar with what workplace bullying can do to a person may find her story incredulous, but to those of us who have been studying this phenomenon, it carries a ring of truth.
As support for her own story, Harrison also reproduces a detailed Juneau Empire article about workplace bullying in healthcare.
Bullying in healthcare
Bullying in the healthcare professions has been a frequent topic for this blog. Among the “most viewed” posts are those in a 4-part series on bullying in healthcare, including this one specifically on nurses. Harrison’s story adds more evidence to the case for addressing these abusive behaviors effectively.
Hat tip to Michelle Smith, California Healthy Workplace Advocates