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.