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I'm a new nurse dealing with bullies at work. What are the best ways to deal with this?

August 27th, 2021

You should go to your manager if you feel comfortable. Hopefully they are not the one bullying you, if so go up the chain of command or to HR. No one should bully anyone and you deserve the same respect they expect from you.

September 14th, 2021

Contact HR for a policy against work place bullying, hostile work environment, and if there is a union, contact them.
Don't ever let them see you sweat!
Or you can politely check them.

August 29th, 2021

Follow your chain of command. First report the events to your direct supervisor. Have specific dates, times, and objective accounts of the event available. I f the situation does not resolve, escalate the issue to your direct supervisor's supervisor. Lastly, most work places have a no tolerance policy for hostile work environments and bullying. Your final recourse would be to escalate this concern to your HR representative or your company's "Compliance line".

October 30th, 2022

Leave. You have options, you do not deserve nor have to put up with this behavior. From my experience it only gets worse if you stay. Try PRN work, may cut down on needless 'friendships" and chatter at work.

August 29th, 2021

In a calm professional manner be direct with them. Let them know what it was they did and how it might have been handled differently. If no resolution, go to your manager.

November 16th, 2022

Hi. A nurse who oriented me, bullied me. I just left that work.

July 9th, 2022

Assert yourself and if that does not work you can go to the manager and complain about those bullies. If that doesn’t go anywhere, file harassment through HR.

October 2nd, 2023

As stated by others, first go up your chain of command. I went to my charge nurse, my manager, and eventually the director of my department. Unfortunately, things did not improve and I ended up leaving that job for one at a better hospital with people I adored and where I learned more about nursing and myself than I could have anywhere else. Above all else, trust your gut. If you think it’s time to go, it’s time to go. Some unit cultures simply can’t be changed and you deserve a workplace that makes you feel safe and supported.

August 12th, 2023

This bull really grinds my gears.
1. Email your manager your issues with this nurse. (When, what, and your response.)
2. Make sure to CC your personal emails as well. (Not only the hospitals but your personal email.)
3. Keep accurate accounts of each occurrence and your managers response. If after each email nothing is done, CC your unit director.
4. If you have addressed this with your manager and director with no resolution, bring in human resources as well as the CNO. (This would be the atomic level.) Makes sure to put words like harassment, bullying, and toxic in this email. *This resolution might get you fired* However, the back up emails you sent to yourself will definitely make it easier to sue for wrongful/ retaliatory termination.
If you want to still work for the hospital...requesting a new unit is also helpful.

January 5th, 2023