Unacceptable levels of harassment blights healthcare in Scotland as one in five nurses reports being bullied at work

One in five nurses in Scotland has been bullied or harassed at work in the past year, according to a survey.

The Breaking Point survey by nursing union RCN Scotland found that 18% of nurses reported being bullied in the past year, 19% suffered harassment and 11% reported discrimination.

Almost a quarter of those bullied sought changes in their work to get away from the bully and one in 10 resigned or found another job.

RCN Scotland’s Jane McCready said it was “unacceptable” that an already stressful job was made more difficult.

“We can’t expect nurses to put up with this at work. No wonder many decided to change jobs or leave nursing altogether. Employers need to retain nurses, not have them leave because they feel they have been left with no other option.”

More than six out of 10 said they were not happy with how their employer dealt with the problem.

Harassment of nurses has become a growing problem for nurses across the UK in the past year, with many choosing to leave the profession as a result.


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