Author: Renee Thompson

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, visit www.healthyworkforceinstitute.com

14
May

ENOUGH! Eradicate Bullying & Incivility in Healthcare: Strategies for Front Line Leaders

When I first started this journey to eradicate bullying and incivility in healthcare, my focus was on individual nurses. As soon as I “opened shop” and proclaimed to the world that enough was enough and that I was taking action against bullying, nurses from all over the world started reaching out for help. For the first few years, I did everything I could to help each individual nurse who shared his/her personal story about being bullied….

07
May

WHY DID YOU BECOME A NURSE?

This post was originally published on May 6, 2013 and updated on May 7, 2019. At many of my keynote addresses, I talk about the choice we all made when deciding to become a nurse. I will ask my audience, “Why did you become a nurse?” And almost immediately… The responses to my questions begin filling up space. I really love hearing all the reasons and want to share some of my favorites with you today….

30
Apr

4 Ways to “Gift” Yourself During Nurses Week

Every year in April, the hubbub of Nurses’ Week planning is palpable. Most hospitals (although not all) are gearing up for the one-week of the year that we pause and take time to celebrate nurses. If you’re in a leadership role, either you’ve planned this event like you’ve planned a wedding, or, you’re scrambling around at the last minute to find some way to honor your nurses! If you’re one of the nurses who are on…

23
Apr

High Standards or Arrogant Bully? 5 Questions to Ask

Teresa has been a nurse in the Surgical ICU for 45 years. She’s known for her excellent clinical skills, especially when it comes to the sickest of the sick. If a patient becomes critical on the unit, you want Teresa there. However, Teresa is also known for her sharp tongue, abrasive tone, and drill sergeant style approach towards anyone whom she believes isn’t equally excellent (which is nobody). Many nurses, physicians, and support staff have been…

09
Apr

A Top Down-Bottom Up Approach to Eradicating Workplace Bullying & Incivility in Healthcare

What do you do if you’re a healthcare executive and your recent turnover data indicates a bullying and incivility problem?  Do you sigh and say, “Well. That’s just the way it’s always been?” Do you call a mandatory meeting with your leaders and tell them to “fix this problem” or else? Do you deny the data (these are not the droids you’re looking for…) and ignore the issue? Perhaps you know you have a problem but…

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