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Addressing Co-Worker Abuse in the Workplace

Document Type: Practice Guideline
Last Updated: March 13, 2020
Approver: Executive


Abuse in the workplace can have dire impacts on client care. The CLPNA does not tolerate abuse of any kind by its members as it is unhealthy, unsafe, and unacceptable practice behaviour. LPNs have a role in preventing and eliminating co-worker abuse. LPNs can role model respectful professional behaviour, but supportive to co-workers facing abuse, and address or report bullies and abusers. Through these actions LPNs can contribute to client safety and promote the creation of safe, healthy, and respectful workplaces. Through this practice guideline LPNs should have a better understanding of co-worker abuse, the impacts of abuse, and how to deal with co-worker abuse.