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Are doctors bullying nurses?

“A doctor-bully epidemic is jeopardizing both nurses and patients,” according to Alexandra Robbins, author of the new book The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital. She cites one study finding that three-quarters of nurses had been the target of “condescending or demeaning comments or insults” from doctors in the previous year, and 26 percent had actually had objects–like pens and surgical instruments–thrown at them. These incidents don’t just threaten nurses’ job satisfaction; they can be distracting, and put patients at risk. Robbins’s book focuses on four nurses and draws on interviews with hundreds of others across the U.S.

Read the full story at Slate.

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