Reluctance in addressing lateral violence in nursing

What then forms a point of inquest is how care and violence have become so intertwined. One of the factors contributing to such a situation has been advanced as the notion that LV is the way of life in the nursing profession (Sheridan-Leos, 2008). Such has been in part fueled by the observation that high earning physicians may receive favorable treatment in times they display disruptive behavior (Keogh & Martin, 2004). This is compounded by victims’ fear of reprisals from their superiors which further indicates a weakness in the organizational support system (Bigony, et al, 2009). Having established such a culture it is for instance not uncommon for nurses with little job experience to get advices of developing a tolerant attitude during their orientation to be able to complete the period successfully (Bigony, et al. 2009). Thus though the outcomes of LV may be apparent their connection to the bullying activities at the work place may be hard to make in an environment where this has become the culture.

Secondly what perpetuates LV in organizations is the non-recognition of the issue as a priority that needs to be urgently addressed. Multiple issues facing the nursing profession such as nurse shortages and pressures to generate high quality care with a constrained budget have relegated LV to the backstage on the priority list (Sheridan-Leos, 2008). Such prioritization of issues becomes paradoxical since it is notable that LV does not only have negative outcomes on its victims but also on the patients to whom the victims render service (Bigony, et al., 2009). Actually, for quality health care provision to be achieved positive, cooperative and cohesive relationships must exist among nurse coworkers, other providers of healthcare, and the patients and their families (Vessey, eta al. 2009). Further for quality healthcare to exist the issue of nurse shortages must be solved and such cannot be achieved with high turnover rates negating enrollment gains (Pellico, et al, 2009). Go to part 6 here.

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