Keynote Speaker Kathleen Bartholomew
An acute shortage of nurses in our health care systems is due in part to nurses leaving their jobs because of hostile workplace environments. Horizontal violence, a term used to describe hostile and aggressive behaviors by individuals or group members toward one another, has been reported for as many as 60% of nurses. The Joint Commission, the accrediting body for hospitals nationwide, has mandated that “leaders must address disruptive behavior of individuals working at all levels of the organization, including management, clinical and administrative staff, licensed independent practitioners, and governing body members.” The expectation of the Commission is that leaders will develop and implement successful strategies to manage “disruptive behavior” in their organizations by 2009.
This conference will address the problem of horizontal violence among nurses and the Joint Commission mandate by bringing international speakers together with nurses and nurse managers from across the country to develop plans for reducing horizontal violence in health care organizations. These plans will be directed toward positive individual and group relationships that in turn will affect morale, retention of employees, and improved patient outcomes including reduced mortality rates. To be effective, interventions to reduce horizontal violence and create a culture of cohesion must be available to individual nurses, as well as at the unit and at the organizational levels.
Creating Cohesion Collaborative
The Creating Cohesion Collaborative was created in 2006 in response to the growing need for strategies to decrease horizontal violence among nurses. Financial support to test various strategies came from a retired nurse who for years has been emphasizing the importance of communication among health care workers. The collaborative consists of representatives from the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing and from five Rhode Island Hospitals—Butler Hospital, Eleanor Slater Hospital, Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and The Westerly Hospital. Join us in our goal to end the need for this type of intervention.
Attention: Nursing CEUs - CEU approval for 8.5 contact hours for nurses are pending through the Rhode Island State Nurses Association, an Accredited Approver of Continuing Education by the ANCC
Commission on Accreditation.