Kaplan Survey: Nearly Half of Recent Nursing School Graduates Are Concerned About Working in a Hostile Environment or Becoming Victims of Workplace Bullying

Source: Kaplan, Press Release, August 28, 2014

For those entering the workforce, typical top-of-mind issues include opportunities for growth, benefits, and job security — but nearly half of those entering the nursing profession voice another concern: being bullied by colleagues. According to a just-released Kaplan survey of over 2,000 nursing school graduates from the class of 2014, 48% say they are concerned about being the victims of workplace bullying or working in a hostile working environment. The survey also found that 39% personally knew nurses who were victims of workplace bullying or a hostile working environment. One widely cited study found that approximately 60% of nurses left their first nursing job within six months because of bullying issues or because of a hostile work environment. And studies conducted over the past decade show there’s a financial cost to this for medical providers, ranging from $22,000 to over $64,400 per turnover. … In fact, Kaplan’s survey also found that 79% of nursing school graduates think nursing schools should provide workshops and special training about how to handle workplace bullying or a hostile working environment. Kaplan is currently surveying nursing school and medical school administrators for additional insight on the issue. Results will be released later this year…