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The Dark Side of Nursing

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Title: The Dark Side of Nursing

Author: Ingrid Teresa Pryde

Publisher: Balboa Press

Reviewer: Carol Singleton, Queen’s Nurse, North Tyneside

What was it like?

“Today bullying permeates our work areas – and even our homes – via the Internet in the form of cyber bullying. Employees should not be afraid to go to their place of work, and no one should experience trepidation in what should be the most secure of places, their homes.”

The author describes her personal experience of bullying in the workplace in health care, describing in detail how it not only affected her at work but also at home and the impact on her husband and children. The book describes how she was bullied at work in Australia and Saudi Arabia but also usefully provides practical strategies for coping with bullying behaviour in the workplace, helping the reader to find real solutions and approaches to this worldwide problem.

What were the highlights? 

The most interesting chapter for me was on “reform and education”, describing micro and macro reforms. The author shares skills and strategies the reader can think about adopting to cope with or avoid bullying, and also ones for organisations to incorporate in their ways of working.

There are many poems at strategic points within the book including my favourite on encouragement and not quitting despite how hard the fight might be.

Strengths & weaknesses:

There are 12 chapters, several describing the author’s personal experiences of bullying but also one covering bullying and the law, the characteristics of bullying, reform and education and self – differentiation and the problems of bullying. There is no index and the references are listed in alphabetical order in the back of the book, consisting of journal articles, books and some websites.

The least enjoyable part of this book, for me, was the chapter on journal entries, reports, letter and thoughts, which included copies of formal complaints made by the author that other people may find interesting.

Who should read it?

Anybody who has experienced bullying either personally, observed it being carried out or seen it second hand through friends, relatives or colleagues at work. This book helped me make sense of my own experience of bullying at work, which can leave you unable to function with feelings of helplessness, inadequacy and disappointment.

The Dark Side of Nursing

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Anonymous

    I have been bullied by my mentor. I am a student, and it is true, nurses do eat their young.

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  • Anonymous

    Too late for many of us although I like to gain insight into what went wrong, how to deal with such behaviour and how I might support others. Any book of this type appears promising. However when I looked for advice on the net on how to respond to difficult behaviour it was all about providing psychological support for the perceived victim. I do not wish to succumb to being a psychological wreck but instead understand and be able to deal with those displaying this abnormal and disruptive behaviour. These are the people who need help whilst the rest of us should be free to carry on with our work.

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  • Thank you for the book review! May we all never give up the fight against bullying!
    Mentors, leaders, are main perpetrators of bullying practices!
    We must have a united front, to let the bully know that we not the weak person!
    We will rise up, it disheartens me to know so many nurses have given up the profession for this reason.
    Keep keeping on!!
    Thank you Carol for your comprehensive well written review, thank you Ibadete Fetahu for publishing the review.My main wish that all victims will heal, and use the necessary tools to combat bullying in the workplace.

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