Nurses claim ‘systemic bullying’ present at Broken Hill Hospital

by Oct 2, 2015

Claims of systemic bullying was raised by healthcare workers against members of the management team of Broken Hill Base Hospital in Australia.  The nurses alleged that they were harassed and bullied at work which resulted to as many as 50 workers leaving the hospital in a span of two years.  The main reason was the toxic work culture and bullying at play in the hospital.

Some of the former hospital nurses have reportedly raised this concern to the NSW Ministry of Health and the Far West Local Health District, which oversees healthcare in Broken Hill.  A few of the veteran nurses claimed that they experienced workplace bullying and were pushed out of the hospital in an alleged campaign to weed out older staff.  A former nurse also confessed to being humiliated at work given instances of being yelled at in front of patients and other co-workers.

Unfortunately, not a lot of the affected nurses were willing to speak out when an investigation was launched.  They feared that it may cost them their job if they recounted the instances that they became bullying victims.  This is quite disheartening to know that these hardworking nurses are working in a negative and toxic environment.

To learn more about the case, click here to read the full article on The Sydney Morning Herald.

 

About Catherine Mattice

Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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