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Bullying and horizontal violence in nursing

"Nurses eat their young".  Sonia Sabouni wrote this article after spending a couple of years as a nurse at a well known hospital in Australia.
"The reason for reflection is this…while I have personally experienced bullying in the past both on clinical practice and as a new graduate EEN, I have also witnessed fellow students and colleagues being subjected to horizontal violence, and I understand how dejected and threatened one can feel. Following this incident, I was left wondering and replaying the scenario, attempting to infer what I had done so wrong to invite such treatment. Until now, I remain clueless so felt compelled to consider and reflect on this topic as it is a serious issue in nursing and one that I have as yet, failed to comprehend."

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created 07 August 2011
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