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Aftershock: what do we need to do now we know the extent of workplace bullying in midwifery?

by Carolyn Ruth Hastie, RN, RM, Cert Sexual and Reproductive Health, Dip Teach, Grad Dip PHC, MPhil
  • Duration: 1439 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP, .1 Midwifery CEU
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: Midwifery 2015

A work environment that lacks effective teamwork is synonymous with a work culture where bullying thrives. Bullying is commonly defined as “repeated, unreasonable behaviour directed towards an employee or group of employees that creates a risk to health and safety”. Bullying is an expensive business: an estimated $6 billion to $36 billion is lost to the Australian economy every year. Bullying is common. In one Australian study, 32% of 447 nurses and midwives surveyed reported that they have experienced bullying. Bullying is, therefore, a major source of workplace distress. When staff are bullied, errors are more common and patients suffer the consequences. In seeking to improve patient safety, a workplace culture improvement plan along with four pillars of reform has been recommended: 1) information technology development, 2) evidence-informed practice standards and guidelines, 3) planned, systematic, multidisciplinary education and training of professional staff, and 4) fostering a teamwork culture. Managers have a legal and ethical responsibility to put this plan into action.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Define horizontal violence, workplace bullying and harassment
Objective 2: Discuss the possible reasons for these dysfunctional patterns of relating.
Objective 3:Explore the ways that these hostile behaviours are expressed in the workplace and what to do about them

Categories: Midwifery
Presentations: 18  |  Hours / CE Credits: 17.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks