Tuesday, April 17, 2012


I hope that everyone reading this blogged has become knowledgeable about lateral violence in nursing.  Lateral violence is not one of the most popular subjects for nurses to talk about, however it's one subject that should not be ignored.  My goal is that in the next twenty years the phrase "Nurses Eating their Young" will be extinct. The economy will be better, and the nursing career will be flourishing again.  I hope that you recognize all the forms of lateral violence, but most importantly  the measures that can be utilized to help prevent it.  It has truly been a pleasure, and remember that knowledge is power. 

Lateral Violence PowerPoint

Monday, April 16, 2012

This video depicts both negative and positive nursing preceptors.

Research studies show that 60% of new graduate nurses will leave their first position within 6 months because of the way they were treated by staff in their facility.  Of that number, 50% will leave the profession right away.  Overall, 60% of all new hired will leave their position within the first years.  These numbers are alarming, and with the shortage of nurses this problem should not exist.  Nurses should understand that a new graduate needs at least 6 months to a year after being hired before becoming productive, if that nurse quits, the organization must start retraining a new nurse therefore creating a vicious cycle (Hippeli, 2009). Let’s stop this cycle, and instead of nurses eating their young, let’s protect our young. 

Hippeli, F. (2009). Nursing: does it still eat its young, or have we progressed beyond this?. Nursing Forum, 44(3), 186-188.

Lateral Violence Cycle

This diagram represents the cycle of lateral violence.   There is always a more powerful group in the workplace, and for nurses the powerful people are doctors and administrators.  Nurses than began to feel worthless (oppressed) and began to belittle each other within their own group, causing horizontal violence.  “When one looks at how nurses were considered to be second-rate citizens when compared with physicians in the hierarchy of medical care, it is easy to understand they carry excessive amounts of stress and need to unload it somewhere” (Hippeli, 2009, pg. 186). Does this cycle ring a bell to anyone?


Hippeli, F. (2009). Nursing: does it still eat its young, or have we progressed beyond this?. Nursing Forum, 44(3), 186-188.

Thomas, S., Droppleman, P. (1997). Channeling nurses' anger into positive interventions. Nursing Forum. 32(2),13-22.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Lateral Violence Puzzle

Unscramble each of the clue words.
Copy the letters in the numbered cells to other cells with the same number.

This puzzle is a reteiration of an earlier post about the different forms of lateral violence. Enjoy and don't wreck your brains trying to figure out the answers.  The next post will go into details about the overt and covert forms. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

This survey was derived from:

Stanley, K., Martin, Mary., Welton, J., Nemeth, L. (2007). Examining lateral violence in the nursing workforce. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 28:1247-1265.


Please check out this survey on lateral violence.  I'm definitely interested in your results.

Bullying Tips

Now that are we aware that lateral violence is occurring, what can we as nurses do to prevent it.  The following are some suggestions: Scenario planning, Extend orientation, Develop policies and procedures to address negative behaviors, Consistently hold everyone accountable for thier behavior by setting consequences (Zero Tolerance policy), Provide staff training in conflict managment and confrontation skills. 

Rowell, P. (2007). Lateral violence: nurse against nurse. ANA Online Continuing Education. Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association.

Stanley, K. (2010). The high costs of lateral violence in nursing. Sigma Theta Tau International Leadership Summit.