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21
May

A Multi-Level Approach to Prevention of Violence Against Nurses

Did you know that from 2002 to 2013, incidents of serious workplace violence were approximately four times more common in healthcare than in private industry? In 2013, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, psychiatric aides experienced the highest rate of violent injuries. A 2014 survey conducted by the Joint Commission on hospital crime reported 75 percent of aggravated assaults and 93 percent of all assaults against healthcare workers were from patients or customers. And…

15
May

4 Steps to Building a Cohesive Healthcare Team Despite Your Selfish Brain

4 Steps to Building a Cohesive Healthcare Team Despite Your Selfish Brain

If you’ve been in the medical field for long you know just how important a cohesive team can be. It can make the difference between making it or breaking it in the healthcare industry and for good reason. Our patients depend on us to work well together. However, there are several obstacles we must face to build cohesion and one of them is selfishness. Let me explain. A few months ago I was talking with a colleague…

08
May

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

As I’m sure you’re aware, this week is Nurses Week. And do you know what I love most about Nurses Week? Reflecting on my nursing career and making a conscious effort to be better when this week rolls around the following year. One of the many ways to do that is to fall back in love with nursing. Think back to when you were making the decision to become a nurse. For some of us, we…

01
May

5 Ways Coffee Can Inspire a Cohesive Team

5 Ways Coffee Can Inspire a Cohesive Team

I’ve been drinking black coffee since I was 3 years old – it’s an Italian thing. I come from a long line of expert coffee drinkers and because I drink it black, I can tell good coffee from bad coffee. I can remember sitting in the kitchen as a little girl, watching the percolator on the stove, waiting for the coffee to bubble up in the lid. That’s when I knew the coffee was ready! When I…

24
Apr

How Performance Reviews Can Eliminate Workplace Bullying

How Performance Reviews Can Eliminate Workplace Bullying

Do performance reviews come to mind when you think about the workplace bullying epidemic we have in healthcare? Of course not, but they should! I’ve talked with thousands of nurse leaders over the years about their attempts to set behavioral expectations and hold their employees accountable. At least 75% bring up a significant barrier or brick wall. The brick wall, according to the leaders, is Human Resources. The leaders tell me that when they FINALLY decide…

17
Apr

Create a Culture of Caring for Float Staff

How to create a culture of caring for float staff

A culture of caring is CRUCIAL in healthcare. Especially when it comes to caring for float staff. One of the worst experiences nurses have is when they THINK they are working on their home unit only to find out they’ve been pulled to another unit. Ugh. We all know what happens to float nurses, travelers, and agency nurses. They often get the worst assignments, don’t get a lunch break, and are treated like gum on someone’s…

10
Apr

10 Things Every Employee Should Know About Their Leaders

10 Things Every Employee Should Know About Their Leaders

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 their leadership team. Many employees blame their leaders for their stressful work environment and think their leaders COULD do more to make it better but don’t for many different reasons. They wish their leaders would remember what…

03
Apr

Addressing the Escalation of Violence in Healthcare

Addressing the Escalation of Violence in Healthcare

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 the PEOPLE who determine the culture and ultimately, the environment. As we’ve consulted with healthcare executives to strengthen their organizations through appropriate policies and processes, equip their front line leaders through…

27
Mar

Transform Healthcare by Turning Nurses Into Wolf Packs

Transform Healthcare by Turning Nurses Into Wolf Packs

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 truly make a difference with her patients. Where she could sit with them while she provided comfort and education. Where she would leave every day feeling good about…

20
Mar

5 Ways to Create a Speak Up Culture in Healthcare

5 Ways to Create a Speak Up Culture in Healthcare

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 offer to administer pain medication for YOUR patient because “she had the time” and wanted to help you out. She would frequently ask physicians to increase the opioid…

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