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Bullying in the Healthcare Professions: Theories, Repercussions and Recommendations

March 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

| $200

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Lateral violence or “bullying” among health professionals but especially among nurses is thought to be a very common phenomenon.  It is typically characterized by senior level or veteran nurses abusing nurses who occupy lesser positions of power in the organizational hierarchy.  Nurses who claimed they were bullied have reported unrelenting condemnation of their work; consistently being given difficult assignments; and even feeling their careers were being actively conspired against by other nurses.

The toll this takes on nursing personnel and their health care organizations can be considerable.  The literature reports that bullied nurses frequently suffer serious psychological and physical damage; their care of patients might be compromised; and their quitting their positions can result in considerable financial loss to their clinics and hospitals who have to spend money to recruit their replacements.

This presentation will survey the nursing literature examining the nature and suggested causes of lateral violence in nursing; its personal and organizational effects or repercussions; and conclude with some suggestions that seek to remediate the problem.


  • Describe the phenomenon of lateral violence or bullying in the nursing profession and give examples.
  • Discuss some theories that offer causal explanations of bullying.
  • Describe the physical and psychological toll bullying takes on nurses.
  • List recommendations whereby bullying behaviors might be reduced or eliminated.

John Banja, PhD is a professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and a medical ethicist at the Center for Ethics at Emory University. He also directs the Section on Ethics for the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Emory. Dr. Banja earned a doctorate degree in philosophy from Fordham University and has taught and lectured on topics in medical ethics throughout the United States. He has authored or coauthored more than 200 publications and has delivered more than 800 presentations at regional, national and international conferences. His most recent book is titled, “Medical Errors and Medical Narcissism.” He serves as the editor of the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience the leading scholarly journal in the field of neuroethics. Dr. Banja is also a former board member of the Commission for Case Manager Certification and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

The webinar is provided jointly with Georgia Hospital Association




For more information:

Penny Williams
(615) 256-8240