Moral harassment experienced by nurses in their workplace

Graziela Ribeiro Pontes Cahú Solange Fátima Geraldo da Costa Isabelle Cristinne Pinto Costa Patrícia Serpa de Souza Batista Jaqueline Brito Vidal Batista About the authors


Investigate moral harassment experienced by nurses in their workplace.


Cross-sectional study performed with 259 nurses working in primary healthcare units and public hospitals. The tool employed in the research was composed of a questionnaire available in the union council's website, and the nurses were emailed the invitation to participate.


Results showed that the moral harassment phenomenon is more frequently regarded to the manipulation perpetrated by the aggressor toward opposed interests of the victim, followed by the acknowledgement that the harasser seeks to hinder the professional development of the harassed worker.


The study revealed that the moral harassment experienced by the nurse in the workplace directly impacts his/her labor performance, as well as health and emotional statuses.

Social behavior; Ethics, nursing; Occupational health nursing; Working conditions; Occupational health

Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo R. Napoleão de Barros, 754, 04024-002 São Paulo - SP/Brasil, Tel./Fax: (55 11) 5576 4430 - São Paulo - SP - Brazil