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

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…

02
Apr

7 Things You Need to Know About Bullies So You Can Stop Them

I’ve spent the last 27 years as a nurse and have witnessed bullying behavior in every role I’ve held. As a new nurse working at the bedside, a homecare nurse, an educator, and even at the executive level – I’ve experienced or witnessed bullying and incivility. Nurse bullying is alive and well, exists in every role, and is present at every level. I got to the point where I was no longer willing to accept nurse…

19
Mar

High Stress and Nurse Bullying: Is there a Connection?

Kate walks onto the unit about ten minutes before the start of second shift. You’re sitting in your office when you hear her tell anyone standing still to brace themselves because Tangie is on her way up and will be on her typical warpath. She goes on to explain that when Kate was walking into the building, she passed Tangie’s car and could tell that she was having a heated phone conversation. The day shift supervisor…

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