Connect with us

Lifestyle

Bullies in white coats? ‘Too many’ health care workers experience toxic workplaces, studies show

Source image: https://www.foxnews.com/health/bullies-white-coats-many-health-care-workers-experience-toxic-workplace-studies

Some bullies wear white coats, new research reveals.

While health care workers aim to treat their patients with compassion, empathy and respect, a significant number don’t follow those same ideals when working with each other, according to an article published recently by Massachusetts General Hospital.

Christine Porath, Ph.D, an expert in unprofessional workplace behavior who’s quoted in the article, told Fox News Digital this week that based on her research, “Too many health care workers and physicians are treated disrespectfully.”

WORKPLACE BULLYING: HOW TO RECOGNIZE IT, HOW TO HANDLE IT

And “we’ve found that the majority don’t report it, often out of a sense of fear or hopelessness,” she added.

Porath has studied disrespectful behavior at work in nearly two dozen industries, including in the health care field, and is a professor of management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business; she’s also a consultant who advises leading organizations on how to create thriving workplaces.

"Too many health care workers and physicians are treated disrespectfully" by others within the workplace, an expert in behavior told Fox News Digital. 

“Too many health care workers and physicians are treated disrespectfully” by others within the workplace, an expert in behavior told Fox News Digital. 
(iStock)

In a piece she wrote for Harvard Business Review in November 2022 in which she also shared her research, she said incivility at work is “defined as rudeness, disrespect or insensitive behavior.” 

For over 20 years, she’s polled “hundreds of thousands of people worldwide about their experiences.”

FORGET ‘QUIET QUITTING’: NOW WORKERS ARE STRESSING OUT COLLEAGUES WITH ‘QUIET RESTRAINT’

Bad behavior in the workplace is on the rise due to a number of factors, said Porath, the author of the 2022 book, “Mastering Community: The Surprising Ways Coming Together Moves Us from Surviving to Thriving.”

Those factors include stress from the COVID pandemic; today’s economic downturn; the ongoing war in Ukraine; a poor sense of community; negative emotions; an increase in the use of technology; and a lack of self-awareness. 

Of those surveyed, 76% of the people said they experience incivility in the workplace at least once a month. 

Her recent survey on the issue involved over 2,000 people in more than 25 industries globally, including frontline workers. It revealed that 76% of respondents experience — and 78% actually witness — incivility at work at least once a month.

A 2022 Medscape survey of more than 1,500 physicians found that 86% of those physicians had witnessed or experienced bullying or harassment by clinicians or staff in the past five years.

A 2022 Medscape survey of more than 1,500 physicians found that 86% of those physicians had witnessed or experienced bullying or harassment by clinicians or staff in the past five years.
(iStock)

Porath isn’t the only one who has found issues in health care fields.

A 2022 Medscape survey of more than 1,500 physicians found that 86% of those physicians had witnessed or experienced bullying or harassment by clinicians or staff in the past five years.

And 15% of respondents said those individuals behaved poorly during the last year.

Health care and social service workers were five times more likely to experience workplace violence than all other workers. 

Also, health care and social service workers were five times more likely to experience workplace violence than all other workers, according to incidence data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2018. 

The Joint Commission, which accredits more than 22,000 U.S. health care organizations and programs nationally, revised the workplace requirements for “workplace violence” last year. 

To combat bullying, harassment and other highly inappropriate and unwelcome behavior in the workplace, one medical school professor said more is needed beyond just "awareness building and punitive measures."

To combat bullying, harassment and other highly inappropriate and unwelcome behavior in the workplace, one medical school professor said more is needed beyond just “awareness building and punitive measures.”
(iStock)

Incidents of “workplace violence” may include “verbal, nonverbal, written or physical aggression; threatening, intimidating, harassing or humiliating words or actions; bullying; sabotage; sexual harassment; physical assaults; or other behaviors of concern involving staff, licensed practitioners, patients or visitors,” the Joint Commission noted in its guidelines that became effective Jan. 1, 2022.

‘Purposeful change’ needed

Dr. Pamela S. Douglas, a professor at Duke School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, told Fox News Digital that confronting the issue of inappropriate behavior in the health care workplace should involve more than just “awareness building and punitive measures.”

“The only viable long-term solution is purposeful cultural change through a system-wide approach,” she said.

DR. MARC SIEGEL: AMERICA IS TIRED OF KNEE-JERK PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSES

It “requires sustained leadership and [a] commitment of organizational resources,” she added.

The investigation into the complaint revealed a pattern of unprofessional behavior from the specialist.

Dr. Gerald Hickson, founding director of The Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy (CPPA) in Nashville, Tennessee, told Fox New Digital about a recent report he published that involved a professionalism complaint.

A newly recruited specialist ate a nurse’s apple without that nurse’s permission. “I was between cases, and I was hungry,” the doctor noted, according to the report. 

“What I can’t believe is the nurse entered [an expletive] safety report and YOU have some group of minions wondering around sharing them,” the same doctor also said, the report noted. “This is unbelievable.”

The specialist's actions ranged from criticizing a nurse in front of a patient, to asking someone in training to

The specialist’s actions ranged from criticizing a nurse in front of a patient, to asking someone in training to “stop asking stupid questions,” to refusing to participate in a “time-out” before a procedure began.
(iStock)

The investigation into the complaint revealed a pattern of unprofessional behavior from this specialist.

The specialist’s actions ranged from criticizing a nurse in front of a patient, to asking someone in training to “stop asking stupid questions,” to refusing to participate in a “time out” before a procedure began.

TROUBLE AT WORK WITH A COLLEAGUE? HOW TO DEFUSE AN ARGUMENT BEFORE IT ESCALATES DANGEROUSLY

For 25 years, Hickson’s organization “has partnered with hospitals in the U.S., now over 200 sites, in conducting research and developing tools and defining processes to identify and intervene to support the 2.5% to 4% of our professional workforce who model disrespect and threaten outcomes of care,” Hickson noted. 

Consequences of the behavior

Unprofessional behavior can have ripple effects on patient care.

It can also cause psychological distress, job dissatisfaction, encourage workers to call in sick and result in high turnover of staff, according to the Joint Commission.

“As a medical student, I encountered a senior resident who modeled classic bullying behavior directed toward learners.”

“Patients who receive care from physicians who model disrespect for other team members and patients and families are more likely to experience avoidable medical and surgical complications and death,” Hickson noted.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER

Dr. Kellie Lease Stecher is president and co-founder of Patient Care Heroes — a platform that advocates for change within the culture of medicine and aims to tell the stories of health care workers who have sacrificed their lives for their profession.

Based in Minneapolis, Stecher told Fox News Digital, “Medical school is where it starts — the toxic medical culture, gossip, bullying and so much more.” 

One doctor still remembers how poorly a supervisor treated him many years ago. This individual "declared to us that one day we would thank him for the lessons he taught," the doctor said. 

One doctor still remembers how poorly a supervisor treated him many years ago. This individual “declared to us that one day we would thank him for the lessons he taught,” the doctor said. 
(iStock)

Dr. Mikkael Sekeres, chief of the division of hematology of Sylvester Cancer Center at the University of Miami, remembers his own experience later in training.

“During my hematology/oncology fellowship, I would estimate that two-thirds of my class of trainees exhibited signs of burnout or frank depression,” Sekeres told Fox News Digital. 

“Nothing was done to address the psychological well-being of the trainees.”

“This would be manifested as anger toward patients or other health care providers, sleeplessness issues, problems in relationships and a pervasive cynicism,” added Sekeres, who’s also the author of the book “Drugs and the FDA: Safety, Efficacy, and the Public’s Trust.”

“Nothing was done to address the psychological well-being of the trainees,” he recalled. “Many have since left patient care, and the profession, entirely.”

Hickson of Nashville still recalls to this day the way one of his superiors treated him in training so many years ago.

“As a medical student, I encountered a senior resident who modeled classic bullying behavior directed toward learners,” said Hickson. 

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“And [this individual] declared to us that one day we would thank him for the lessons he taught.”

He added, “I did learn several valuable lessons — but they were about how intimidating behavior threatens team performance and contributes to medical errors.”

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/health/bullies-white-coats-many-health-care-workers-experience-toxic-workplace-studies

Continue Reading

Lifestyle

Groundhog Day quiz! How well do you know the facts about this unique day?

Published

on

Mobile app users: To access the quiz, click here!

Have you taken our car quiz yet? Try it here!

How about our tree quiz? Try it here!

What about our apples quiz? Check it out!

To take even more quizzes from Fox News Digital, click here.

Continue Reading

Lifestyle

10 facts about Black History Month that are well worth knowing during observances in February

Published

on

Every February, the nation celebrates Black History Month by honoring the contributions African Americans have made throughout history, while also recognizing that the fight for racial justice continues.

Previously, the theme for Black History Month was Black Health and Wellness, as outlined by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. This year, the association has announced the month’s theme is “Black resistance” with a planned virtual festival hosted by the association throughout February. 

“African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms and police killings since our arrival upon these shores,” said the ASALH in a statement. 

BLACK HISTORY IS AMERICAN HISTORY

“These efforts have been to advocate for a dignified self-determined life in a just democratic society in the United States and beyond the United States political jurisdiction,” added the association. 

Jesse Jackson and others pose with copies of "Paul Robeson, the Great Forerunner" by the editors of Freedomways, 1980.

Jesse Jackson and others pose with copies of “Paul Robeson, the Great Forerunner” by the editors of Freedomways, 1980.
(Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)

Scores of events across the country – in cities, communities, college campuses and more – are scheduled for this month.

10 key facts about Black History Month

1. The current population of Black and African Americans is 46.9 million, the U.S. Census Bureau reports. Also, 89.4% of African Americans age 25 and older had a high school diploma or higher in 2020, as Fox10 Phoenix reported.

2. A founder of ASALH, Carter G. Woodson, first had the idea of celebrating Black history. Woodson was born in 1875 to newly freed Virginia slaves. He later earned a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He worried that Black children were not being taught about their ancestors’ achievements in American schools in the early 1900s, as Fox 10 noted.

3. By the late 1960s, Negro History Week – the precursor for this month’s celebrations and events – changed into what is now known as Black History Month. In February 1969, a group of Black activist students and teachers at Kent State conducted the first celebration of Black History Month. Within a decade, Black social and cultural institutions throughout the country were celebrating the month, and by 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized it. 

4. The month of February was picked for Black History Month because it contained the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Lincoln was born on Feb. 12, and Douglass, a former slave who did not know his precise birthday, celebrated his date of birth on Feb. 14, Fox 10 also noted.

MEET THE AMERICAN WHO FIRST RECORDED THE BLUES, NATION’S ORIGINAL POP DIVA MAMIE SMITH 

5. ASALH has celebrated Negro History Week and Black History Month for 96 years. Woodson, along with the association, announced in 1926 that the second week of February would commemorate the achievements of Black Americans. Initially, prominent Black leaders and newspapers supported the idea, and some education centers along the East Coast observed the monthly celebration. 

6. Fifty years after the first celebrations, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month at the country’s 1976 bicentennial. Ford called on Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history,” as History.com noted.

WORDS MY UNCLE, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., WOULD SHARE IN OUR TROUBLED TIMES

7. Forty years after Ford’s recognition of Black History Month, President Barack Obama delivered this message, in part, from the White House: “Black History Month shouldn’t be treated as though it is somehow separate from our collective American history or somehow just boiled down to a compilation of greatest hits from the March on Washington or from some of our sports heroes… It’s about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans.”

Former President Barack Obama 

Former President Barack Obama 
(Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

8. Canada also commemorates Black History Month in February. Although Black Canadians are approximately 3.5% of the country’s total population, community leaders and activists still celebrate the historical achievements of the Black community. Canadian politicians Jean Augustine and Donald Oliver were instrumental in getting Black History Month officially recognized in the country by 2008. 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER

9. At the time of Negro History Week’s launch in 1926, Woodson believed the teaching of Black history was key to the physical and intellectual survival of the race: “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated,” he said in part, as the Journal of Negro History reported.

GET THE FOX NEWS APP HERE

10. The 2023 theme for Black History Month is resistance; past themes have included Black health and wellness, family, migration and Black women in American culture and history, among others.

Continue Reading

Lifestyle

Reddit user asks her adult daughter to pay half the monthly rent and utilities — family drama ensues

A Reddit user sought advice from others on whether it was OK or not for her to ask her adult daughter to split the rent with her.

Reddit user “throwaway_dating224” posted on the “Am I the A*****e” (AITA) subreddit on Jan. 30 asking if she was in the wrong for wanting her live-in 25-year-old daughter to pay part of the house rent payment.

The user said her daughter moved into her home in 2019 while she was attending college. 

REDDIT USERS SIDE WITH FATHER OF THE BRIDE WHO WAS SNUBBED BY ‘BRIDEZILLA’ DAUGHTER WHEN HE DIDN’T EAT CAKE 

It’s unclear from the post whether the daughter had moved out, then moved back in; but the daughter has since graduated from college and gotten a paying job, although not enough to move out on her own. 

“I have asked her to split the cost of rent and utilities in half with me … and [she] doesn’t consider it fair,” the user wrote. 

The Reddit user said her daughter (not pictured) does not want to pay rent to her mom for her share of the home — claiming she's either saving for her own extended education or a down payment on a house. 

The Reddit user said her daughter (not pictured) does not want to pay rent to her mom for her share of the home — claiming she’s either saving for her own extended education or a down payment on a house. 
(iStock)

The poster said her daughter does not want to live with her and has told her that she’s saving money for continued education or a down payment on a house. 

The mother and daughter live in an area with a high cost of living, the Redditor said — but their rent is below average for the area. 

“Why are you too tired to move your stuff but not too tired to cash your daughter’s checks?”

Additionally, the mother said her daughter refuses to invite guests to the house, as she is “embarrassed at the state of the house,” repeatedly asking her mother to get rid of items in the home to make space for more of her things. 

REDDIT USER SAYS HE CONTACTED HIS WIFE’S BOSS ABOUT HER LONG WORK HOURS, PUTTING HIM IN THE ‘DOGHOUSE’

The mother claims she tends to be tired after work and finds it hard to clean up after herself once she’s back home.

The daughter (not pictured) claims her mother does not pick up around the house and that there's no room for all of her things, the Redditor wrote in her Jan. 30 post detailing a family standoff. 

The daughter (not pictured) claims her mother does not pick up around the house and that there’s no room for all of her things, the Redditor wrote in her Jan. 30 post detailing a family standoff. 
(iStock)

The Redditor ultimately wanted to know if it’s OK to ask her daughter to split the rent costs 50-50. 

An expert weighs in

This scenario is an example of a classic power struggle between a child and a parent, California-based parenting expert Stef Tousignant told Fox News Digital.

As a parent, there are three choices for how to approach this situation, Tousignant, a parenting expert for Parentdifferently.com, said. 

“Use your power to force or coerce, give in and let your child dictate the complete outcome — or use love, empathy and patience to come up with a solution with your child,” she also said. 

ANNOYING PEOPLE SAY THESE 75 THINGS, ACCORDING TO REDDIT USERS

The daughter in this situation is aware of the consequences of her actions as well as the concept of personal boundaries, said Tousignant, who recommended that the mother and daughter have a civil conversation. 

“Why should she pay half when the home is filled with all [of] your things?”

“The mother needs to come to the table with compassion for her daughter but boundaries for herself — and the daughter needs to come to the table with respect for her mother and accountability for her actions,” the expert recommended. 

The mother and daughter (not pictured) each need to "come to the table" with key points to make in a conversation, said California-based parenting expert Stef Tousignant.

The mother and daughter (not pictured) each need to “come to the table” with key points to make in a conversation, said California-based parenting expert Stef Tousignant.
(iStock)

Reddit users offered varying opinions on the hot topic. 

“Why should she pay half when the home is filled with all [of] your things?” one commenter wrote, addressing the mother. 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER

Another user commented to the mom, “Why are you too tired to move your stuff but not too tired to cash your daughter’s checks?”

On the other hand, some users agree that the daughter should be pitching in and helping with expenses — but maybe not at a 50-50 split.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“Charging her rent? Fine, no problem there,” one Reddit user responded. 

“But if she doesn’t have … use of half the space in the home yet, then remedy that before you charge her or adjust the rent [percentage] accordingly,” the same user added.

Continue Reading

Trending