Coercion and the Corruption of Care in Mental Health Nursing: Lessons from a Case Study

Informa Health Care
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Journal Article
Issues in Mental Health, 2013, 34 (6), pp. 476 - 480
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Given that a large number of nurses experience or witness bullying and other forms of counterproductive behaviours in their work teams, the likely flow-on effect of these behaviours in relation to patient care warrants attention. In this column, we analyse a case study of coercive bullying that involved nurses within a mental health unit and identify the corrupting impact of this behaviour upon patient care. For the patient affected, his family, and the staff implicated, the chain of events had devastating consequences.
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