We’re seeing more commentary about workplace bullying by healthcare bloggers, and that’s good news.
Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog, introduces her piece on workplace bullying by recounting the experiences of bullied friends:
Over the last couple of years, I’ve watched three friends suffer through jobs turned bad by bully bosses. It was horrifying and infuriating, to see three virtuous, diligent, intelligent people laid low in ways that struck not just the wallet but the deepest sense of self.
I appreciated that Ms. Goldberg interviewed me at length for this piece and included many of my comments.
Julie Deardorff, writing for Julie’s Health Club hosted by the Chicago Tribune, centers her attention on the experiences of nurses:
Verbal abuse is so common in the nursing profession that the expression “nurses eat their young” has become standard lore. The unflattering saying refers to the hostile treatment — back stabbing, intimidation and sabotage — that new nurses often receive from senior colleagues.
During the summer, nurse Kristin Hayes blogged about ties between workplace bullying and medical malpractice:
For example, imagine a nurse discovers that a doctor has made a grave error. This doctor frequently yells at her and she is intimidated by him. He has worn down her self-esteem to the point that she questions her own judgment. Rather than voice her opinion and subject herself to more emotional abuse the patient is misdiagnosed and a life threatening illness goes untreated.
I’ve blogged on numerous occasions about bullying in healthcare, including this four-part series. The dovetailing of worker dignity and public health make healthcare an ideal focal point for efforts to prevent and respond to workplace bullying.