New rule seeks to stymie bullying in nursing homes and hospitals
The Commission, an organization dedicated to the improvement of quality in healthcare, released its 11-point plan to eliminate workplace intimidation on Wednesday. It will take effect on January 1, 2009, as a rule for all accreditation programs. The Commission is asking facilities to develop a system of reporting bad behavior, educate staff on professional attitudes, implement a method of dealing with unruly physicians and staff, and encourage dialogue between employees.
A recent report found that up to 50% of all nurses experience bullying in the workplace and that 90% have witnessed an act of intimidation (McKnight's 4/8/08). While physicians are the primary culprits, the report also indicates that nurses, too, are often to blame for contributory attitudes. For a full list of the Joint Commission's rules and recommendations, visit www.jointcommission.org/SentinelEvents/SentinelEventAlert/sea_40.htm.