Analysis

Why are nurses more likely to be bullied than other NHS staff?

What support can NHS staff get and what can regulators and managers do to address a toxic culture that can be damaging to nurses and pose a risk to patients

What support can NHS staff get and what can regulators and managers do to address a toxic culture that can be damaging to nurses and pose a risk to patients

  • Stress from the pandemic caused burnout but also hostility and toxic behaviours, and many nurses experienced bullying for the first time
  • Staff surveys show at least one quarter of nurses have experienced bullying from colleagues, patients or relatives, or both
  • Harassment and bullying among staff affects individuals and teams, meaning poor care or even putting patients at greater risk of dying

There is no denying that there is a chronic bullying culture in the NHS.

Over the past decade,

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