RE: Hillard_Case Study Discussion 8
Great post, Abimbola, I enjoyed reading your post. The American Nurses Association’s (2015) Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements indicates that nurses are obligated to “create an ethical environment and culture of civility and kindness, treating colleagues, coworkers, employees, students, and others with dignity and respect.” The ANA code applies to all nurses, including nurse practitioners. As advanced practitioners, we are responsible for fostering a supportive environment where there are opportunities for productive engagement among colleagues, patients, and families.
The scenario that you stated in your post was mind-blowing, “I once witnessed peers bullying a new nurse regarding her aboriginal influenced accent.” Sadly, you had to witness such inhumane behavior and the new nurse who underwent such cruelty. Employers should adopt and implement evidence-based best practices, such as education, to prevent and mitigate incivility at the workplace (ANA, 2015). I hope the organization held those responsible peers accountable for such a toxic act. Such uncivil behavior could lead to loss of sense of self-worth and self-confidence and can also be associated with heightened levels of psychological stress, anxiety, irritability, and depressive symptoms (Clark, 2013).
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