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


Classroom Etiquette: Professional competence tips for student nurses

I once had a student who, let’s just say, hadn’t mastered the skill of professional competence. For the entire four hours of class, she slouched forward with her head supported by her hand, as close to the desk as possible without actually touching it. I don’t think she ever looked at me, took notes, or participate in discussions. The worst part was that she sat in the front of the classroom – right in the middle!…


Nurses. Want to Succeed? Make sure you’re in the right posse!

I met a colleague for dinner last week at a popular Italian restaurant in Pittsburgh. Our waitress, Kathy, was very nice but you could tell she was insecure. Kathy made statements such as, “I’m new here.” “I’m not sure. Oh…ah…let me see.” etc.  It wasn’t so much what she said but how she said it. She didn’t maintain eye contact and kept fidgeting. Noticing her nervousness, my colleague and I were super nice and really tried…


Tips for New Nursing Grads: Documentation dos and don’ts.

As a new nurse, most of your time is spent learning how to safely care for patients. If it were only that simple, right? Equally important is your ability to document clearly, concisely and in a way that protects your patients and you. Many new nurses don’t always understand what TO document and what NOT to document. In this blog, I will focus on a few documentation landmines to avoid. Here are just a few tips…


Tips for New Nursing Grads: Beware of the Social Media Sirens

Social media is everywhere. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Diggs, Google+, etc…heck, you can’t even watch a television show without being bombarded by their social media marketing plugs. Almost everybody has at least a Facebook Page – schools, health care organizations and even the mom and pop shops are utilizing social media to market their business. Thirty percent of the people using Facebook are on the site multiple times a day – me included! It’s great isn’t it?…


“I am Spartacus.” The Power of a Shared Vision

If you asked 10 different nurses to identify the primary goal or vision of their department/unit, what would they say? How confident are you that every nurse would identify the same goal? The answer to this question might be the key to improving your work environment. This is referred to as a “shared vision.” It is the ultimate decision-maker and compass for behavior. Departments that can articulate a shared vision have “alignment” and can reach their…

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