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Nurse-reported bullying and documented adverse patient events: an exploratory study in a US Hospital.

Arnetz JE, Neufcourt L, Sudan S, et al. J Nurs Care Qual. 2020;35.

Based on survey responses from nurses at one large US hospital, this study examined the association between nurse-reported bullying and nurse-sensitive patient outcomes (patient falls, central-line-associated blood stream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, and ventilator-associated events). The researchers found that nurse-reported bullying was significantly associated with the incidence of central-line-associated blood stream infections. Addressing nurse bullying at work may reduce certain adverse events.