But it wasn't just nurses' physical safety that got attention: Their emotional wellbeing was considered too, by shining a light on nursing's "dirty little secret:" The hard-to-deal-with topic of nurse-on-nurse bullying and verbal abuse. Not only did the phenomenon come under scrutiny, nurse leaders were warned again to stamp it out or risk losing good nurses.
Research backs this up: A study of newly licensed registered nurses finds that nurses who are verbally abused by nursing colleagues report lower job satisfaction, unfavorable perceptions of their work environment, and greater intent to leave their current jobs.
It wasn't just negative nurses who got my attention this year. I also wrote about the nurse who founded Pet the Pooch, a program that teams the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. SPCA staff members bring shelter cats and dogs to the hospital about once a month to give doctors, nurses, and other staff a chance to reduce their stress by interacting with the animals.
Here's to a brand new year of nursing leadership stories to tell.