Rodwell, J., Demir, D., Steane, P. & Noblet, A. (2011). Bullying has a detrimental impact on hospital nurses beyond the effect of negative affectivity. K. Spooner. International Employment Relations Association 18th Biennial Conference Proceedings: Singapore 2011 64-71. Singapore: International Employment Relations Association.
This study examines the extent to which nurses are impacted by bullying for the outcomes of wellbeing, psychological distress, organisational commitment and job satisfaction. Two hundred and sixty nurses working in an acute care hospital were surveyed. One-way analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) and two-way ANCOVAs were conducted to assess the relationships between bullying and particular demographic characteristics on psychological and organisational outcomes. Scores on negative affectivity were used as a covariate to control for potential perceptual biases. Hospital nurses who experienced bullying reported higher levels of psychological distress, as well as lower commitment and job satisfaction levels. Significant main effects of the demographic variables were found for tenure and employment type on psychological distress and job satisfaction, respectively. The covariate of negative affectivity was significant for all of the analyses. Hospital nurses are affected by bullying across psychological and organisational outcomes above and beyond the effects of negative affectivity. Thus, workplace bullying not only affects the way they perceive their job and organisation, but also their general mental health. Negative affectivity and certain demographic characteristics are also influential and worthy of consideration in studies of bullying among nurses.
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