Fenway Health Dental is excited to announce that Jacqueline Nicole Petit, Dental Hygienist, recently published her dissertation work in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene. The study, titled A survey of the prevalence and predictors of workplace bullying towards the dental hygienist, found that workplace bullying (WPB) is experienced by 1 in 5 clinical dental hygienists. Dental hygienists in their early years are more likely to have reported workplace bullying than those with more years of practice, Nicole’s research showed.
“My research was focused on the prevalence and predictors of work place bullying towards the dental hygienist,” explains Nicole. “I chose this topic because I experienced bullying from colleagues while working at a dental office in the past. I remember how it made me feel and how it impacted my work and emotions and how nobody should be treated in that manner, especially in dentistry where most offices are small and it takes teamwork to run a successful practice. I belong to a few dental hygiene forums where bullying was being discussed and I couldn’t believe how prominent it is – even in some of those forums, which I no longer am a member of. After hearing stories and experiencing it myself, I though it was a topic that needed to be highlighted.”