Good morning! I am looking forward to a lively discussion on disruptive behavior in the healthcare environment. Performing this research with Dr Shapiro and Dr McMahon was a very interesting experience, and greatly improved my awareness of the issues involved. Like all industry sectors, healthcare workers have benefited from employment reforms which address overt forms of harassment. However, our research indicates that interns experience more subtle forms of disruptive behavior on a day to day basis, including condescension and exclusion from decision making.
In my current role as educational supervisor for doctors during PGY1/2 training, I am aware that these types of behavior remain an issue. As patient care becomes more protocol driven, it can be difficult for interns to feel engaged with senior medical and nursing staff in clinical teams. We encourage feedback by trainees about their work environment, to identify positive and negative factors in hospital departments.
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