Kathleen Bartholomew Confronts Bullying in Nursing Profession

Kathleen BartholomewOn Wednesday, September 7, at 11 am in the ETC Auditorium, Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, will share stories from the nursing profession in a presentation titled, “Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility: Why Nurses Eat Their Young and Each Other.” The event is open to the public.

The phrase “nurses eating their young” is an insider term used to explain the bullying, harassment, and emotional abuse that can be experienced by new nurses from experienced nurses. The trauma occurs in hospitals, nursing schools, and beyond.

Cynthia Russell, Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, sees the talk from Bartholomew as a worthwhile opportunity for Holy Family’s nursing students to learn about a difficult topic and how they can become a part of the solution.

“Kathleen Bartholomew shares a message related to horizontal hostility in the workplace that unfortunately resonates with practicing nurses, while serving as a reality check for students joining the healthcare professions,” Russell said. “A leader in nursing and healthcare, Kathleen brings forward practical strategies to cultivate a culture of civility and enhanced inter-professional relationships to the forefront through her books, articles, and presentations.”

Nurse-to-nurse hostility was the subject of Bartholomew’s second book. Bartholomew is an accomplished public speaker, performing at many nursing conventions and hospitals. She has also given a TEDx Talk titled “Lessons from Nursing to the World” in 2016.

“I am so pleased that Kathleen will be here in person to speak to our nursing students and faculty,” said Shannon Brown, Executive Director of the Library. “Her TEDx Talk was truly inspirational and her close examination of hospital hierarchy shows us how crucial interpersonal relationships among healthcare professionals are to the lives of their patients.”