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Martha Griffin, PhD - a role model for professional nursing.

Please accept an invitation from The Coalition on Disruptive Behavior to attend our June 1, 2012 conference titled Strategies for a Civil Work Culture: Moving beyond Lateral Violence and meet Dr. Martha Griffin, our keynote speaker.

We all need a role model, and I found one in Dr. Martha Griffin. Dr. Griffin doesn't just talk the talk-she also walks the walk. She has been helping nurses address negative behaviors in the workplace for the past decade. Most importantly, she has shared her knowledge of the topic freely and supported nurse colleagues who are also committed to eliminating negative behaviors in the workplace. I know this from personal experience. She has supported and encouraged me since 2004 when I first became interested in studying the phenomenon of lateral violence in nursing. My initial work was based on information Dr. Griffin shared in presentations and publications. Her work and her enthusiastic support encouraged me to seek out colleagues at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing to form a research team and conduct a study on lateral violence in nursing (Stanley, et. al, 2007).

Dr. Griffin made a major contribution to nursing with her identification and description of what she calls 'the ten most common forms of lateral violence.' Her 2004 article on this topic generated interest throughout nursing. It described her study designed to educate newly licensed nurses at Brigham & Women's Hospital about lateral violence and how to respond to it effectively. Her initial study was followed by a two-year study that also took place at the Brigham & Women's Hospital and moved the education from newly licensed nurses and orientation to educating all of the medical/surgical nurses in the hospital. For this study Dr. Griffin developed and administered the Nurses Mutual Respect Survey to 1500 nurses. It yielded significant findings related to 'insight leading to self-accountability' in individual nurses. The degree of perceived lateral violence was measured using Dr. Griffin's Frequent Forms of Lateral Violence Analogue Scale. This work that she calls 'A Modicum of Lateral Violence Education Leads to Nurse Self-Accountability,' revealed that both education and accountability are necessary to change behavior.

For the past several years, Dr. Griffin has been working with nurses at hospitals around the country. Her goal is to educate about the relational aggression she calls lateral violence as well as to teach nurses what can be done about it. During the conference on June 1, 2012, Dr. Griffin will help participants develop and integrate behaviors that are effective in dealing with lateral violence. These include the ability to use conflict resolution skills, set and maintain good boundaries, and build collegial work relationships.

by Karen M. Stanley, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Griffin, M. (2004). Teaching cognitive rehearsal as a shield for lateral violence: an intervention for newly licensed nurses. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 35(6), 1-7.

Stanley, K. M., Martin, M. M., Nemeth, L. S., Michel, Y., & Welton, J. M. (2007). Examining lateral violence in the nursing workforce. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 28(11), 1247-1265.

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Author:Stanley, Karen M.
Publication:South Carolina Nurse
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Date:Apr 1, 2012
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