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Nursing issues
Lack of perceived competence is linked to perceived workplace bullying among Jordanian registered nurses
  1. Nutmeg Hallett1,2
  1. 1 School of Nursing, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2 Nursing, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nutmeg Hallett, School of Nursing, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK; n.n.hallett{at}

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Commentary on: Obeidat RF, Qan’ir Y, Turaani H. The relationship between perceived competence and perceived workplace bullying among registered nurses: a cross sectional survey. Int J Nurs Stud 2018; 88:71–78.

Implications for practice and research

  • Workplace bullying is a significant issue and should be addressed at all levels.

  • Future research should explore the link between workplace bullying and actual competence toidentify whether workplace bullying leads to a lack of perceived competence or that less competent nurses attract higher levels of bullying.


Bullying in nursing has received much attention over the years, from the idea that nurses ‘eat their young’1 to recent UK media reports that National Health Service directors will have a legal duty to act on bullying.2 Bullying in nursing appears to be a universal phenomenon, identified in …

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