In her book, If You Listen to Me, Dr. Phyllis Browning aims to change societal attitudes about workplace bullying by raising awareness of this harmful behavior. Readers will learn how to recognize and understand bullying and how to implement the information and tools acquired during the FIRE (Fear, Intimidation, Retaliation, Everyone) Training in practice. FIRE is a robust training tool that can assist in alleviating workplace bullying.

“I came to the conclusion that there is an existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; nobody else can speak for you.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

I believe this is particularly true for nurses who are at the forefront of patient care, working long hours, often in inadequate conditions and for suboptimal pay. Yet, they are not adequately supported by their employers and pertinent laws. Thus, we must find our voices and speak for ourselves, demanding that the government provide laws to protect our human rights. We must stand against bullying, uncivil acts and harassment in the workplace, and must demand protection from our employer and the law. We should not tolerate unacceptable behaviors or come to work in fear.

We must strive to coexist with our colleagues, rather than promoting prejudice and stigma because we don’t know each other and have not learned to communicate with each other.
We too, have been the victims of unnecessary violence and harassment in the workplace.

Workplace Bullying Quiz
This is a screening measure to help you determine whether you might have been involved in workplace aggression or bullying.

Click here to take the 3-minute Workplace Bullying Quiz

If You Listen to Me is dedicated to all the registered nurses who have experienced or witnessed bullying and may have suffered from its physical and emotion effects.