2015 in Review and Sneak Peek into 2016

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RTConnections.Blog2015 has been a great year for RTConnections. I’ve seen more and more traffic to my blog site from 3,000 monthly views in 2014 to now over 7,000 monthly views! This means that nurses are recognizing the power of continuous learning via the social media super highway.  RTConnections has won numerous awards, received many, many amazing comments AND…been the target of spammers (please stop using this precious space to promote your business!!! – ask permission first!).
I always find it interesting to determine which blog posts were viewed the most. Not surprisingly, they weren’t all written in 2015. But here are the top 5 blog posts viewed in 2015, starting with the most popular:

In this post I share a strategic plan for catching the bullies who always seem to hover under the radar – never getting caught. Everyone knows they are toxic yet they remain employed. Follow the 5 steps in this post to finally catch them!
This post was actually written in 2013 but consistently gets views on a daily basis. Our code of ethics is a blueprint for clinical AND professional practice. Nurse bullying is in direct violation of provision 1, which involves how we treat other people.
In this post I share the primary reason why nurse bullying is so prevalent in the nursing profession. The reason is related to the fact that nursing is a female dominated profession; and let’s face it ladies – we are not that nice to each other.
Every nurse has heard the phrase, “nurses eat their young” but is it just the old, crusty nurses torturing the new nurses? Nope. We are seeing a disturbing trend with the newest nurses eating the older ones. Nobody is safe from becoming the target of nurse bullying!
What’s YOUR favorite blog post from 2015? I’d love to read your pick in the comment section below.
What’s happening in 2016?
When I wrote my first blog post on December 27th, 2010 I had no idea what I was doing! I simply created an account on Blogger and just started writing. 333 blog posts later, my blog needs a serious makeover. So, in January 2016, I’ll be converting my current blog site into a cleaner, sleeker, blog site via Word Press. 
In 2016, you can expect blog posts on topics that impact nurse’s ability to articulate our value AND succeed in a complex world. Of course, workplace bullying will be a primary topic but so will topics involving professional and clinical development. After all, to be a successful nurse, you have to be competent in your skills AND professionally astute.
I am always looking for suggestions so please take a moment to post a comment about a topic or two you’d like me to write about.
Thanks so much for reading my blog posts. I’m truly grateful and can’t wait to kick it up a notch in 2016!
Happy New Year

About the author: Dr. Renee Thompson is a keynote speaker, author and professional development/anti-bullying thought leader. Renee spends the majority of her time helping healthcare and academic organizations address and eliminate bullying behavior. To find out how you can bring Renee to YOUR organization or nursing event, click here.

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