Evaluation of a workplace bullying cognitive rehearsal program in a hospital setting

Sharon J. Stagg, Daniel Sheridan, Ruth Ann Jones, Karen Gabel Speroni

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Workplace bullying is a serious problem faced by nurses nationally. This study was conducted to determine the fre- quency of workplace bullying and evaluate the effectiveness of a training program on cognitive rehearsal of responses to common bullying behaviors. This program to increase staff nurses' knowledge of management of workplace bul- lying consisted of three components: pilot survey testing, a piloted Internet-based survey administered to the medi- cal and surgical nurses, and a 2-hour cognitive rehearsal training program on management of workplace bullying. The results showed that 80% of the nurses surveyed had experienced workplace bullying over the previous year. Af- ter the training program, nurses' knowledge of workplace bullying management significantly increased. Additionally, nurses were significantly more likely to report that they had observed bullying and had bullied others. Further, nurses felt more adequately prepared to handle workplace bul- lying. Results of the research support the provision of a workplace bullying management program for nurses and the need for a specific policy on workplace bullying.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-401
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of continuing education in nursing
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education
  • Review and Exam Preparation


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