Bullying in the Workplace: It Harms More Than the Bullied

Part of AACN Critical Care Webinar Series

Presenter(s): Karen Stutzer, PhD, RN

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Webinar Summary

The act of bullying in healthcare undermines the well-being of both care providers and patients. Bullying typically leads to moral distress among nursing professionals, and negatively impacts two of AACN’s six essential standards for Healthy Work Environments ― true collaboration and skilled communication. For the sake of nurses and patients, it is critical to recognize bullying as it occurs and address the issues that enable this unacceptable behavior in the workplace. 

This webinar will examine the concept of bullying and its associated continuum of behaviors to help you identify bullying in your environment. The presentation will also review research data on the effects of bullying on you, your colleagues and your patients, and suggest strategies for individuals and those in leadership positions for dealing with bullying behaviors.


  • Discuss the concept of bullying and its role in moral distress.
  • Understand the impact of bullying on the workplace.
  • Identify strategies to address bullying in the work environment.


Karen Stutzer, PhD, RN

Karen Stutzer, PhD, RN

Karen Stutzer is Executive Director, Nursing Practice for Critical Care/Medical Surgical Services and Nursing Education at Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, N.J. Dr. Stutzer has served as a member of the Chilton nursing management team for eight years, in positions including director of critical care services and education manager. Prior to joining Chilton, she held clinical nurse specialist, management and educator positions at five hospitals throughout New Jersey. Dr. Stutzer’s doctoral work at New York University examined moral distress and burnout in relation to job characteristics in critical care nurses. A key contributor to AACN’s Healthy Work Environments (HWE) initiative, she often speaks on HWE standards and disruptive/aggressive workplace behavior. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and AACN’s Northern New Jersey chapter, as well as a past member of AACN’s Board of Directors, Chapter Advisory Team and Circle of Excellence committee.

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