On Workplace bullying in nursing

Findings from a rapid review of the literature


  • Benyan Zhang Shandong University of Chinese Medicine, Jinan, Shandong Province, China
  • Yan Li Shandong University of Chinese Medicine, Jinan, Shandong Province, China
  • Mengke Cao Shandong University of Chinese Medicine, Jinan, Shandong Province, China
  • Cuiping Xu Orthopedics Department, Shandong First Medical University, Jinan, china




Workplace Bullying, Bullying, Nurse, Nursing


Background: The working conditions of many nurses and healthcare professionals around the world have deteriorated during the pandemic. Workplace bullying occurring among nurses has been reported more and more.

Methods: The authors systematically searched the PubMed, Embase, and Web of Science databases for relevant articles on workplace bullying among nurses from 2020 till the present. The screening was performed strictly according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria, and finally, the relevant literature was read and summarized.

Results: A total of 6 articles met the criteria published between 2020 and 2022. The status of research in the field of bullying in the nurse's workplace was identified, including influencing factors and their impact on patient outcomes, nurse work, etc.

Conclusion: Published research has shown that workplace bullying among managing nurses has beneficial effects on outcomes for both nurses and patients. This study suggests that managers should pay more attention to the workplace bullying behavior of nurses and take management measures to reduce the turnover rate of nurses, improve the nursing level and reduce the level of nursing errors.

Contribution to evidence-based practice: This article brings together advances in research on workplace bullying among nurses and identifies its harm, offering ideas for reducing bullying in the workplace.



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How to Cite

Zhang, B., Li, Y., Cao, M., & Xu, C. (2023). On Workplace bullying in nursing: Findings from a rapid review of the literature . International Healthcare Review (online). https://doi.org/10.56226/51



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