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Newspaper/Magazine Article

Mean girls of the ER: the alarming nurse culture of bullying and hazing.

Simons SR, Stark RB, DeMarco RF. Research in nursing & health. 2011;34:132-40.

Disruptive behaviors are receiving increased attention as a cultural factor that contributes to medical error. Although much of the focus has been on physicians, the presence of bullying among nurses is also a concern. This magazine article explores nurse behaviors such as withholding information, intimidation, and name calling that negatively affect patient safety and nurse retention.