35). If nurses and managers are well educated about horizontal violence in the workforce, the likelihood of this phenomenon will substantially decrease.
Collaboration is a strategy that members of the health care team can incorporate into practice to decrease the occurrence of horizontal violence in the workforce. “Collaboration is the antidote to the fragmentation that plagues our current health care system” (Gerardi & Connell, 2007, p. 17). Furthermore, Gerardi & Connell (2007) illustrated that nurses need to focus their energy towards growing relationships, which will in turn improve patient safety, develop healthier work environments, and may fundamentally alter the culture of health care towards a more caring and sustainable future (p. 17). Commonalities such as chaotic work environments, communication differences, lack of support, and conflicts between experienced and novice nurses may arise if collaboration is not successful between members of the health care team (Barrett, Piatek, Korber & Padula, 2009, p. 348). Gerardi & Connell (2007) explained that nurses are skilled in assessing, listening, empathizing, and supporting, so nurses need to recognize that they need to turn these skills toward their colleagues. If nurses are able to forward these skills towards their colleagues, a supportive and therapeutic relationship will develop. Nurses need to be able to collaborate efficiently with other members of the