Evaluation of a workplace bullying cognitive rehearsal program in a hospital setting

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2011 Sep;42(9):395-401; quiz 402-3. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20110823-45.


Workplace bullying is a serious problem faced by nurses nationally. This study was conducted to determine the frequency of workplace bullying and evaluate the effectiveness of a training program on cognitive rehearsal of responses to common bullying behaviors. This program to increase staff nurses' knowledge of management of workplace bullying consisted of three components: pilot survey testing, a piloted Internet-based survey administered to the medical and surgical nurses, and a 2-hour cognitive rehearsal training program on management of workplace bullying. The results showed that 80% of the nurses surveyed had experienced workplace bullying over the previous year. After the training program, nurses' knowledge of workplace bullying management significantly increased. Additionally, nurses were significantly more likely to report that they had observed bullying and had bullied others. Further, nurses felt more adequately prepared to handle workplace bullying. Results of the research support the provision of a workplace bullying management program for nurses and the need for a specific policy on workplace bullying.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Bullying / psychology*
  • Data Collection
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Staff Development / organization & administration*
  • Workplace