Tuesday 28 March 2017

Nurses probed for 'bullying'

Around 20 nurses are currently under investigation for allegedly bullying their own colleagues, it has emerged
Around 20 nurses are currently under investigation for allegedly bullying their own colleagues, it has emerged
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Around 20 nurses are currently under investigation for allegedly bullying their own colleagues, it has emerged.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) is currently representing 100 nurses involved in bullying investigations.

While the majority say they are victims, around one-in-five are alleged to have carried out the bullying.

In some cases, where the nurse is the accused, there have been be several complainants.

Phil Ní Sheaghdha, Director of Industrial Relations in the INMO revealed the statistics at the launch of a new survey showing a 13pc rise in bullying of nurses since 2010 with more than one-in-20 saying it is happening to them on a daily basis.

The nurses who are both complainant and accused are at the point of formal investigation.

Some very small number of staff, not necessarily nurses, have lost their jobs following investigation and disciplinary process but in many cases the nurse is disappointed at the outcome, leading to people not raising the matter in the future.

The bullying can involve ongoing undermining of a person and in some cases getting others to do so.

The most common outcome of a probe is that the dignity at work policy has been offended.

Ms Ní Sheaghdha said health cuts have added to workplace pressures.

Irish Independent

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