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Kai Tiaki pages reveal horizontal violence is not new in nursing.

PAST COPIES of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand can sometimes foretell current nursing issues. I have just found this quote in a letter written in 1915 by Edith Cavell to her nurses in Belgium, shortly before she was executed by firing squad for harbouring enemy aliens and helping them escape: "Beware of uncharitable speech. In these eight years I have seen so much unhappiness which could have been avoided or lessened if a Jew words had not been whispered here and there. Perhaps without evil intention, but which ruined the reputation, the happiness, the life even of someone. My nurses should all reflect on that and should cultivate among themselves loyalty and esprit de corps." (Kai Tiaki, October 1919, p160.)

This suggests to me horizontal violence within nursing, although a current issue, is not a new occurence and perhaps we should pay attention to these words.

Many thanks to NZNO library staff for their consistent helpfulness. Pat Radford, RGN, MA (Applied Nsg) New Plymouth
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Title Annotation:letters
Author:Radford, Pat
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Sep 1, 2003
Words:164
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