Evidence Based Practice
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Clinical Question Does horizontal violence in nursing affect the way nurses perform in their working environment? Horizontal violence has been described broadly as any unwanted abuse or hostility within the workplace (Horizontal Violence in Nursing). Horizontal violence in nursing is hostile, aggressive, and harmful behavior by a nurse or group of nurses toward a coworker or group of nurses (Horizontal Violence in Nursing). It is done through attitudes, actions, words or behaviors (Horizontal Violence in Nursing). Horizontal violence is categorized by the occurrence of a sequence of hostile incidents over time, …show more content…
Another challenging part is when it takes time for me to open up and read all of the articles to see if most of it is relevant. I always check and see if my sources are reliable. It's sometimes hard to find an article that is within a couple years. You do not want an article that is 10 plus years. I find it easy to use articles from Library database such as CINAHL, or EBSCO because I know the journal or article available are scholarly and credible information. I also found out that if you have the filter on for full text then you can scan the abstracts to see if the article seems useful for your research. I use the full text filter so I am not reading abstracts I can't get the full text for, but an abstract will save myself time instead of having to read the full article. Scanning the full article to see if it meets the requirements is so much better. I did some research and clicked on full text, and then when I typed in the search box I noticed the articles or journals was more specific. When I did it from before it would just be too broad and took me a long time. It really makes my life easier. The two most relevant articles I found were “Horizontal Violence: A Conundrum for Nursing” and “Professional Practice: Horizontal Violence in Nursing.” These two articles I found have really great information. They explain so much about what horizontal …show more content…
The victim feels threatened by their bully and can be in serious danger by them. Horizontal violence is any unwanted abuse or hostility within the workplace. It can cause many symptoms in the victim such as depression, low self-esteem, and posttraumatic stress syndrome. Horizontal violence affects the entire health care team and working environment. It can spread between employees or groups of employees. Horizontal violence can spread from the victim to the health care team and employees and finally to the patient. Causing stress on the patient is the last thing the patient wants to worry about. It is very important that if a patient is dealing with horizontal violence or if we witness horizontal violence happening around us, then we should attempt to stop it or seek help for the victim. Many complications can arise from horizontal violence in nursing and as a healthcare member it is our duty to make sure everyone around us is safe and to make people feel better and happy about themselves.
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