Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Vickie Walker

Abstract

Sabotage and workplace bullying, forms of horizontal violence; which occur frequently among healthcare workers, nurses in particular, can have a significant and detrimental effect on professional growth, recruitment and retention, and quality patient care. The root cause of sabotage and workplace violence is not known, but what is known is that sabotage and workplace bullying erode teamwork and undermine the goals of the organization. The purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis that sabotage and workplace bullying is associated with physical and psychological stress and loss of job productivity, which may affect patient safety. A convenience sample of nurses from one southern hospital was utilized.

Data was collected over a three-week period utilizing combined Sabotage Savvy Questionnaire (SSQ) and the Sabotage, Abusive and Bullying Behaviors (Briles, 2009). The results of the study indicated that 40.4% of participants strongly agree that sabotage and workplace violence cause stress both physical and psychologically and loss of job productivity.

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