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Nurses more prone to being bullied than other workers 
New book Toxic Nursing addresses workplace incivility
INDIANAPOLIS — Twice as many nurses as other working Americans have experienced bullying in the workplace. According to a recent study in the Journal of Nursing Management, among 612 staff nurses, 67.5 percent had experienced bullying from their supervisors, while a whopping 77.6 percent had been bullied by their co-workers. Outside the health care industry, just 35 percent of Americans had reported workplace incivility, revealed a recent survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute.
Toxic Nursing: Managing Bullying, Bad Attitudes, and Total Turmoil, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), directly addresses the issue. Written by Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, RN, CRNP, author of Surviving Ophelia and When Nurses Hurt Nurses, and Rebecca L. Volpe, PhD, Toxic Nursing gives nurse managers and administrators the tools they need to defuse conflict and create a positive work environment.
Nurse managers and nurse administrators at all levels are frequently confronted by the need to manage employee issues arising from interpersonal relationships, including conflict, cynicism, and unnecessary drama. As a follow-up to When Nurses Hurt Nurses, this book offers concrete strategies for dealing with common employee challenges that nurse supervisors face.
Toxic Nursing is a must-read for nurse managers, nurse preceptors, and new nurses,” said Anita J. Tarzian, PhD, RN, associate professor and program coordinator at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. “Dellasega and Volpe provide a comprehensive toolkit of approaches to address destructive workplace behaviors among nurses. The combination of vignettes based on cases gleaned from blog postings and thorough literature review is novel and effective. It will broaden the reader’s view of bullying, how it harms nurses and those they serve, and what to do about it.”
Purchase the book at
Toxic Nursing: Managing Bullying, Bad Attitudes, and Total Turmoil
By Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, RN, CRNP, and Rebecca L. Volpe, PhD
Published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
ISBN-13: 9781-937554-42-2
Price: US $34.95
Trade paperback, 336 pages
Trim size: 53/8 x 73/8
Available at  
About the authors
Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, RN, CRNP, author of When Nurses Hurt Nurses (STTI, 2011), Mean Girls Grown Up (Wiley, 2005), Girl Wars (Simon & Schuster, 2003), and Surviving Ophelia (Perseus, 2001), is a professor of humanities in the College of Medicine and a professor of women’s studies at Pennsylvania State University. As the founder of Club and Camp Ophelia, she has helped girls confront and overcome relational aggression. She has worked clinically as a nurse practitioner and is an international expert on family relationships.
Rebecca L. Volpe, PhD, is an assistant professor in the department of humanities in the College of Medicine at Pennsylvania State University. She is also coordinator of the Clinical Ethics Consultation Service for the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Volpe earned her PhD from Saint Louis University’s Center for Health Care Ethics and went on to complete a Clinical Ethics Fellowship at California Pacific Medical Center.
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at

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