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


Using the Quadruple Aim as a Weapon to Eliminate Bullying & Burnout in Healthcare

Do you remember when medical care centered on the physician? When patients never questioned their treatment, couldn’t name the medications they were on (I take a pink pill in the morning, a blue pill at dinner…), and administration’s goal was to make the physicians happy; and when the nurses got up from their chairs to hand the physician the chart. Then came the shift – the shift from physician centric to patient centric healthcare. HCAHPS, patient…


Beating Burnout With Optimism

Humans are born either more positive or more negative – it’s genetic. You can be born more positive but when you enter into a negative work environment, you can easily adopt the negative attitudes and behaviors from other people because of something in our brains called mirror neurons. Spend time with people who are negative and over time; you will see the world through a negative lens too. The flip side is true. Spend time with…


Choosing the Wrong Friends May Be Dangerous to Your Career

Life isn’t meant to be lived alone. Not only do we need food and shelter to survive, but we also need socialization. In fact, the National Institute on Aging reports that positive interactions can reduce the levels of Interleukin-6, an inflammatory factor, found with disorders like cardiovascular disease, some forms of cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease.  But, what happens when those closest to you – your friends or clique – are negative and emotionally destructive? I…


Do You Train or Do You Fire?

For the last year, Janet wondered if she made the right decision by promoting one of her experienced nurses, Erik, into the assistant manager role. She selected Erik because he had a good relationship with the staff, was enrolled in a master’s program, and seemed to be very organized, which were a few of the reasons she thought he would do well in a leadership role. However, it wasn’t long before Janet started questioning her decision….


The Right & Wrong Way Leaders Recognize Employees

Employee recognition is getting a lot of attention lately. Some versions of employee appreciation, the employee experience, engagement, and employee recognition programs are showing up in my LinkedIn news feed, newsletters I subscribe to, and in conference session titles. I can’t hop on a social media platform or read a healthcare journal without encountering SOMETHING about how leaders are recognizing or appreciating their employees. Is recognizing employees REALLY worth our time and energy? Shouldn’t adult professionals,…

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