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Healthy Workforce Institute is on a mission to align with Executive Teams of leading edge healthcare networks to strengthen the organizational culture, equip healthcare leaders to better lead professional teams and empower employees to provide the best healthcare possible.

Healthy Workforce Institute is on a mission to align with Executive Teams of leading edge healthcare networks to strengthen the organizational culture, equip healthcare leaders to better lead professional teams and empower employees to provide the best healthcare possible.

Eradicate Nurse Bullying and Incivility.

July 10, 20183

5 Ways to Protect Yourself From the Workplace Cliques

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Nurse bullies may not necessarily clearly present themselves on a platter like your Thanksgiving turkey. Sometimes bullying behaviors, incivility, and even borderline criminal behaviors are disguised and hidden within cliques and gangs.
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July 3, 20182

Bully Behavior or a Bad Moment?

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I was traveling from the west coast home to Pittsburgh via Washington Dulles on a Friday night. My flight from Dulles to Pittsburgh got canceled. Because I had to work at the hospital the next day from 11 am – 7 pm, I rented a car and drove
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June 26, 20181

4 Easy Ways for Passionate Nurses to Beat Burnout

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One of the best compliments I received came from a nurse a few weeks ago.  It was during nurses’ week, when she heard
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June 19, 20181

WARNING WARNING! 2 Patient Factors Indicating Pending Violence

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A new patient care associate (PCA) from an agency is assigned to work the evening shift in a skilled nursing care facility.
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June 12, 20184

5 Ways to Catch a Professional Covert Bully

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Robin is a legend. Not because of how great she is. Robin is a legend because of how HORRIFIC she is! Robin is a bully and everyone knows it. Her stories are legendary and are told by her targets around the modern day campfires – Starbucks and wine
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June 5, 20181

How to Improve Nurse Retention by Building a Business Case to Address Bullying and Incivility

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Nurse retention is top of mind for every nurse executive due to the ever-growing turnover rate. More and more, healthcare organizations are feeling the sting of turnover in
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May 29, 20185

5 Steps to Go From a Shut Up to a Speak Up Culture in Healthcare

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It’s time to get serious about creating a speak up culture in healthcare. Here’s why. Over the last 8 years, I’ve talked with
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May 21, 20181

A Multi-Level Approach to Prevention of Violence Against Nurses

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Did you know that from 2002 to 2013, incidents of serious workplace violence
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May 8, 20181

Fall Back In Love With Nursing + a FREE Gift (or two)!

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As I’m sure you’re aware, this week is Nurses Week. And do you know what I love most
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10 Things Every Employee Should Know About Their Leaders
April 10, 20182

10 Things Every Employee Should Know About Their Leaders

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I recently wrote an article about the 10 things leaders needed to know about their employees. This article generated a lot of conversation on social media, which in my opinion, is because of the wide disconnect between employees and
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Addressing the Escalation of Violence in Healthcare
April 3, 20181

Addressing the Escalation of Violence in Healthcare

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Violence in healthcare is an issue that The Healthy Workforce Institute takes seriously. Our mission is to create healthy workforce’s within healthcare organizations by eliminating bullying and incivility and creating cultures of professionalism, caring, and respectful communication. We focus on the PEOPLE within an organization because it’s
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Transform Healthcare by Turning Nurses Into Wolf Packs
March 27, 20181

Transform Healthcare by Turning Nurses Into Wolf Packs

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You’re probably asking yourself what how wolf packs could transform healthcare. I understand your confusion, but just stay tuned. I recently spoke with a newer nurse who was struggling with the reality versus the fantasy of being a nurse. She envisioned nursing as a career where she could
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5 Ways to Create a Speak Up Culture in Healthcare
March 20, 20181

5 Ways to Create a Speak Up Culture in Healthcare

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It’s important to create a “speak up” culture where staff members feel comfortable going to management when delicate problems arise. This is especially true in healthcare, where one persons decisions have the potential to affect hundreds of others. The following story is a perfect example. Danida would voluntarily
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