Lateral Violence: Nurse Against Nurse

Patricia A. Rowell, PhD, RN



Nurses need to be more aware and able to protect themselves from violent colleagues in the workplace.

Purpose/Goal: To educate RNs on the concept of lateral violence and its presence in the work place.


1. Describe concept of lateral violence.
2. Recognize the presence of lateral violence in the workplace.
3. Apply current concepts believed to underlie lateral violence as a workplace problem.
4. Describe methods of dealing with lateral violence in the nursing workplace.


Patricia Rowell, PhD, RN, is retired after many years of a health policy and clinical work. Her educational background includes BS (science), BSN, MSN (pediatric nursing) with Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) certification, a post-Masters certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing and a PhD (health services administration and research). Her doctoral study and research were in the areas of quality measurement and improvement. Dr. Rowell's varied clinical background includes work in the emergency room, in-patient psychiatry, public and home (maternal-child) health, and ambulatory (PNP) and inpatient pediatrics. She has also worked as a health services researcher and has numerous publications and presentations on health care and nursing, including mental health nursing.

The planners and author of this continuing nursing education activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1.91

Expiration Date: 1/31/2014


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Non-Member Price: $20.00

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