The use of cognitive reappraisal and humour as coping strategies for bullied nurses
Article first published online: 29 AUG 2013
© 2013 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
International Journal of Nursing Practice
How to Cite
Wilkins, J. (2013), The use of cognitive reappraisal and humour as coping strategies for bullied nurses. International Journal of Nursing Practice. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12146
- Article first published online: 29 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: JAN 2013
- cognitive reappraisal;
- coping strategies;
- workplace bullying.
This article explores the repercussions of workplace bullying on nurses and the health-care profession as a whole. I discuss the nature of workplace bullying and draw upon prior studies to explore some of the barriers that prevent witnesses to bullying from intervening, as well as barriers faced by targets in taking action to stop the bullying. As overt forms of resistance are often not feasible in situations where nurses occupy subordinate positions to their bullies, I propose that cognitive reappraisal can be an effective coping strategy, and situate this perspective within the research on humour, hope and optimism.