Implications of Lateral violence to the Nursing Profession and Conclusion

Lateral violence being an issue that has affected performance and workforce relations bears significant implications to nursing profession. With the observation that nurse shortages continue to affect many countries such as the U.S. continued inaction against LV could greatly impact on the quality of healthcare. Negative perceptions of the nursing profession by prospective nurses might also curtail the enrollment thus aggravating the shortage. Further LV hampers positive collaboration and communication among colleagues that would have otherwise contributed to innovative practices that better nursing practice.

This paper thus set out to review literature that identifies causes, incidences, and outcomes of LV so as to evaluate approaches that can avert its perpetuation. Causes of LV have been attributed to oppressed group theory, time-task theory and role of gender. In relation to incidence of LV; the vice has been noted in different countries with newly registered nurses being the high risk group. Despite such observations nurse managers have also been noted to experience subtle LV cases with senior nurses being the most implicated perpetrators. Perpetuation of the vice is mainly noted to result from its acceptance as part and parcel of the profession and as such little has been done to eradicate this form of bullying. Among the approaches advanced to better the combat of LV are evidence-based professional reflection practices such as cognitive rehearsal and personal reflection practices such as care fronting. Establishing legislative support and nurse empowerment could also motivate positive behavior among the nursing professionals.


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