In the editorial in the June 2007 issue of

Critical Care Nurse
, Dr Alspach cites 2 Calls to Action found in the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ (AACN) position statement related to abuse of staff. I agree that lateral hostility occurs and has for the 30 years; also, in general, I agree with the position statement. However, I am disheartened that the first bullet point is to develop a zero tolerance policy. I wanted to share the position statement with our management team, but I feared that they would implement the policy without giving the nurses the tools to correct the behavior.

I believe our position should be to educate nurses about lateral hostility and how to correct it, and then, if behavioral change is not noted, take action.

Although program development is found in the position statement, I believe this section...

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