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

13
Nov

5 Ways to Make Sure the Preceptor Isn’t the Bully

Nurse bully preceptors

Sandy was a new nurse and although she was nervous, she was relieved to find out she was one of 4 new nurses hired in her department. At least she wasn’t alone! During their first week of orientation, all 4 nurses were told to stop by the unit to find out who their preceptors would be. They all stood in a line as the manager told each nurse who would precept them. John’s going to be…

06
Nov

When the Charge Nurse is the Bully

Mean Nurse

Malaya is the charge nurse on an inpatient oncology unit. She is loved by the patients but hated by her colleagues. She takes 4-5 smoke breaks during her 12-hour shift; each 20 minutes long. Because she is the most experienced nurse on the unit, the newer nurses feel unsafe during her absence since they are dealing with blood transfusions and chemotherapy. If she doesn’t like you, watch out because she will make your life miserable by…

30
Oct

3 Types of Empathy Necessary For Effective Leadership

empathy

Emily is a newer nurse manager, and it seems her organization, like many other organizations across America, is feeling the effects of the national nursing shortage, coupled with trying to keep its head above water financially. In an effort to effectively use its human capital in a more efficient manner, Emily’s organization made the decision to float staff and increase patient care ratios. Emily found this out during a monthly leadership meeting. She left the meeting…

23
Oct

5 Ways Novice Nurses Can Stand Up to Nurse Bullying

Nurses Can Stand Up to Nurse Bullying

Nurse bullying has been in existence for a long time and although there are a lot of theories behind why nurses “eat their young” and what bullying looks like, not a lot has been done to stop it. One of the reasons that this issue has gone on for so long is because we accept bullying behavior as the norm. We tolerate or try to ignore the crusty, mean nurses who seem to find great joy…

16
Oct

Are You a Boiled Frog? How to Un-Normalize Deviant Behavior in Healthcare

Deviant Behavior in Healthcare

“When I was signed up for this course I thought, ‘Oh great. Why do I need to take this? We don’t have bullying in my workplace anyway.’ Boy was I wrong. I learned so much. Most important: bullying wears many faces.” A participant in my online course, Eradicating Bullying & Incivility: Essentials Skills for Healthcare Leaders wrote the above comments on her evaluation. When I talked with her during our one-on-one coaching session, she shared that…

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