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The use of cognitive reappraisal and humour as coping strategies for bullied nurses


  • Julia Wilkins PhD

    Research Associate, Corresponding author
    1. National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities, Clemson, South Carolina, USA
    • Correspondence: Julia Wilkins, Clemson University, 205 Cliffstone Drive, Easley, SC 29640, USA. Email:

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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.