Assessing the Lateral Violence among Nurses at Jinnah Hospital Lahore

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Sana Arif
Humaira Saddique
Rubina Jabeen


Background: Lateral violence, also known as horizontal hostility, significantly impacts the healthcare sector, particularly affecting nurses. This form of workplace violence includes behaviors such as bullying, verbal abuse, and psychological harassment among colleagues, leading to a hostile work environment and compromised patient care.

Objective: To assess the prevalence and causes of lateral violence among nurses at Jinnah Hospital Lahore.

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted over six months involving a convenient sample of 160 nurses at Jinnah Hospital Lahore. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire designed to assess lateral violence. Descriptive statistics were applied using SPSS version 25 to analyze the data.

Results: Among the nurses surveyed, 22.5% reported often being treated with courtesy and respect by coworkers, while 51.9% rarely experienced such treatment. Misunderstandings caused by cultural differences were identified as a major cause of lateral violence by 65.0% of participants, and 56.9% cited the unwillingness of coworkers and leaders to intervene as a significant factor. Additionally, 50.0% of participants admitted to often losing patience and being less polite to coworkers.

Conclusion: The study highlights the high prevalence of lateral violence among nurses at Jinnah Hospital Lahore, primarily driven by cultural misunderstandings and lack of intervention. Addressing these issues through targeted educational programs and leadership training is essential to create a more respectful and supportive work environment.

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Arif, S., Saddique, H., & Jabeen, R. (2024). Assessing the Lateral Violence among Nurses at Jinnah Hospital Lahore. Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Research, 4(2), 1453–1456.
Author Biographies

Sana Arif, The Superior University Lahore Pakistan.

Student BSN Generic, Department of Nursing, The Superior University, Lahore, Pakistan.

Humaira Saddique, The Superior University Lahore Pakistan.

Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, The Superior University, Lahore, Pakistan.

Rubina Jabeen, The Superior University Lahore Pakistan.

Principal of Nursing, The Superior University, Lahore, Pakistan.


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