Emotionally Competent Behaviors and Nurse Bullying: Is There a Direct Link?
Michelle Doas
Chatham University, Pittsburgh, USA.
DOI: 10.4236/ojpsych.2015.51008   PDF   HTML   XML   4,956 Downloads   6,241 Views   Citations


An abundance of literature spanning many years depicts the devastating effects of nurse bullying within the profession. The evidence suggests that bullying in general is a deliberate act aimed at another person. Conceptualizing nurse bullying appears to be a key ingredient in creating both awareness and preventative strategies. Emotional competence includes a set of behaviors which are unique to each individual. These behaviors according to Goldman (1995) include, but are not limited to emotional self-assessment, accurate self-assurance, self-confidence, emotional self-control, and empathy. The majority of researchers agree that emotionally competent behaviors are impacted by both positive and negative interactions and experiences. Thus, it is hypothesized that emotionally competent behaviors are continually cultivated throughout one’s life based upon lived experiences. This article assesses direct relationships between implementation of emotionally competent behaviors as a means of combatting nurse bullying within the profession. Creating awareness of these two areas can be initial steps in cultivating the needed tools and supportive interventions to assist nurses from novice to expert to professionally mentor and role model for generations to come.

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Doas, M. (2015) Emotionally Competent Behaviors and Nurse Bullying: Is There a Direct Link?. Open Journal of Psychiatry, 5, 56-59. doi: 10.4236/ojpsych.2015.51008.

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