The South Carolina Coalition on Disruptive Behavior
In December, 2008, a small group of leaders interested in addressing the problem of lateral violence in nursing in South Carolina initiated what was originally called the SC Lateral Violence Task Force. Peggy Dulaney, representing SCNA, Dianne Jacobs, representing Upstate AHEC and Lydia Zager, representing the USC College of Nursing’s Center for Nursing Leadership convened a group of educators, employers and interested parties to form the task force. Since that time, the group has evolved and changed, but has continued its focus on dealing with lateral violence and all forms of disruptive behavior in the nursing workplace.
Recently, in response to how the terminology in the literature and in practice has evolved, the group changed its name to "The SC Coalition on Disruptive Behavior.” Our mission is "to equip SC nurses to take a leading role within the healthcare team to achieve a positive workplace environment.” The vision has remained: "To create a culture of respect and caring free of disruptive behavior for SC nurses.” Our strategies have been to engage in activities that:
- Raise awareness of disruptive behavior and its impact
- Identify best practices for dealing with and preventing disruptive behavior
- Share resources
- Establish partnerships to deal with disruptive behavior.