Trial and retribution: a qualitative study of whistleblowing and workplace relationships in nursing
Internationally, the health system is under considerable pressure and it is not likely that whistleblowing events will diminish in the future. Whistleblowers can lose their employment, be bullied and unsupported by management and colleagues, and have their collegial relationships destroyed. Given the importance of workplace relationships and collegial trust in nursing, it is clearly damaging to have seriously fractured relationships in the workplace. Nursing and health care organisations are challenged to work to develop supportive cultures of trust that will enable nurses and other health care professionals to safely raise legitimate concerns about patient care and safety.