The clinical issue of interest to me and one that I would like to focus on his Horizontal violence. This topic is of interest to me because in my profession as a nurse supervisor, I have encountered and had to resolve many instances of horizontal violence in the work environment. In this paper, I will provide a rational as to why Horizontal Violence (HV) is a relevant workplace issue and provide the research to support this rational.
Horizontal violence has been defined as “hostile, aggressive and harmful behavior by a nurse or group of nurses toward a coworker or group of nurses via attitudes, actions, words and/or behaviors” (Thobaben, 2007, P. 82). This type of workplace violence has the negative effect of disrupting …show more content…
Horizontal violence also affects students and nurses new to the profession who depend on their superiors’ mentorship and support to reach optimal potential. I have experienced new nurses and hires to the healthcare profession being victimized by individuals in leadership positions, especially medical support staff, emergency room technicians, unit secretaries and environmental staff. These individuals often have difficulty achieving success due to the constant conflict with the work environment (Kahlil, …show more content…
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