We are all essential: reinforcing the collective value of nurses

By Anthony Renda , Tara Endeman

Nurses suffer from lateral violence driven by a perceived hierarchy, suggesting that nurses rank in importance depending on the social worth of their patient population. The hierarchy between care areas and nurse specialties is not an accurate reflection of the critical value of each nursing role in maintaining the functional interdependence of the health-care system. This notion has been demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic. To foster empathy and decrease conflict, nurse leaders should consider cross-training staff, which will have a secondary benefit during staffing crises.

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