With Co-Worker Abuse, “Things Need to Change” on Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day

Intimidation, infighting, undermining… 90% of Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses say they’ve witnessed a nurse bullying another nurse.

Abuse is affecting our co-workers, our wellbeing and it is undermining patient care.

Join us on February 22 in support of the Pink Shirt Day – Anti-Bullying Campaign to raise awareness around this important issue. CLPNA will be hosting a collaborative webinar from 12:00 – 1:00pm with Alberta Health Services Employee Relations: “Things need to Change” and “What can I do? How to Confront, Address and Prevent Disruptive Behavior and Bullying in the Workplace”.

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We encourage you to create opportunity in your team for conversation on February 22, host a lunch and learn, and watch the webinar together. JOIN US! Wear a pink t-shirt, pink scrubs, or something pink to symbolize that Things Need to Change. Together we can make a difference.

WEBINAR: How to Confront, Address and Prevent Disruptive Behavior and Bullying in the Workplace

February 22, 2017 – 12:00pm-1:00pm (MST)


This webinar will focus on strategies and shared resources which support recognizing, addressing, and eliminating bullying and disruptive behaviors in the workplace.

Things Need to Change: Issues, Solutions, Resources

Things Need to Change

Though ThingsNeedtoChange.ca, we introduce you to co-worker abuse issues that you may have encountered and some that may surprise you. We also offer positive and constructive solutions to help deal with the problems in the best way possible. A highlight is the three shareable videos where common bullying situations play out from the patient’s perspective. Our goal isn’t to point fingers but to equip all of us to deal with the issues together.

Our committment to change

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is committed to the message that bullying and disruptive behavior in the workplace is not acceptable. In 2013, the CLPNA conducted a member survey on co-worker abuse, of the 1086 respondents, 90% stated they had “witnessed a nurse treating another nurse abusively”. A staggering 85% acknowledged being the target of abusive (disruptive) behaviors by another nurse at some point in their nursing career, 25% agreeing that they had observed abusive behavior among nurses within the last work week. The most revealing finding from the survey however may be that 62% of respondents believed that abusive (disruptive) behavior was tolerated in their work setting.

Bullying and disruptive behaviors are defined as, infighting, sarcasm, undermining, withholding information, intimidation, and the misuse of power, both personal and positional. Research has shown that bullying and a disruptive behavior leads to stress, health issues, communication breakdown which ultimately impacts patient safety. As the CLPNA’s primary legislative mandate is to ensure public safety, we recognize the importance of this conversation and support LPNs and their employers to ensure the delivery of safe, competent, and ethical nursing care in a healthy workplace environment.


A webinar is a seminar that takes place on the Internet, allowing participants in different locations to see and hear the live presenter and ask questions. Registration is required to receive the website link to the presentation and email reminders.

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