Joint Commission to Pull Accreditation of Healthcare Facilities that Allow Bullies to Reign.
Posted Dec 23 2008 9:14pm
Every nurse and many physicians have been the target of rude, obnoxious, and condescending colleagues and other providers over the years. Nursing has been especially targeted by these individuals more so than other healthcare disciplines. Even with several complaints by nursing and other providers these “bullies” of healthcare continue to go unabated leaving a swath of abuse in their wake as they go throughout their day. Why healthcare leaders have allowed this to continue over the years is nothing short of bewildering.
However there is hope. The Joint Commission (JCAHO) is taking a leading role in combating workplace bullying by putting healthcare facilities on notice. All healthcare facilities must mitigate and develop of plan of action that outlines appropriate and unacceptable conduct for healthcare workers by next year. For those institutions that allow bullying by providers their accreditation will be in jeopardy. That’s right; hospitals that do not adequately address bad conduct will potentially lose their accreditation by the JCAHO. What this means is a huge loss of government funding for hospitals that are not in compliance.
Finally after decades of the bullies in control it appears that the tide is shifting.