Nursing's future? Eat young. Spit out. Repeat. Endlessly

Philip Darbyshire, David, R. Thompson , Roger Watson

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The continuation of nursing's systemic problem of bullying and abuse of students and colleagues has been allowed to continue for generations. It is now accepted by many as an inevitable part of the nursing and healthcare landscape. In brief, it is now part of ‘who we are’ as nurses and health professionals. The problem is allegedly too widely ingrained and ‘complex’ to be solved. We disagree. As previous and current efforts to curb bullying have demonstrably failed, we propose that it is now time for real leadership and a strong, determined challenge to the bullies, making it absolutely clear that their behaviour will no longer be tolerated and that bullies who cannot or will not change their attitudes and behaviours will have no place in the health workforce. This is not ‘too hard’. What is ‘too hard’ is to stand back and watch yet another generation of nurses being blighted or driven out of nursing by a workplace culture that ignores, protects or defends the bullies in full knowledge of the human and financial costs of the damage that they wreak.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1337-1340
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of nursing management
Issue number7
Early online date23 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2019


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