In: Anti-Bullying

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…

15
Jan

4 Ways to Deal with a Toxic Coworker

About 25 years ago I worked with a toxic individual. She bullied and knocked down those without power and kissed up to those with power. After this individual ruined many work lives (including my own), she was fired. I thought this ordeal was over until a strange thing happened to me 10 years later. I was in an elevator and smelled a special perfume and got sick to my stomach.  Within a nanosecond of feeling ill,…

01
Jan

10 Ways to Become a Better Coworker in the New Year

Become a Better Coworker

Turning the New Year is my favorite time of year for two reasons. One is that New Year’s Day is my birthday and when I was a kid, my parents told me that the ball dropping and all of the parties happening around the world were to celebrate me. Well, that delusion didn’t last long because the reality is, the celebration is New Year’s Eve – NOT New Year’s Day. On New Year’s Day, everyone is on…

11
Dec

Nurse Bullying and Patient Safety: Understanding the 3 P’s of Safe Patient Care

Nurse Bullying

Disruptive behaviors in healthcare capture the attention of patients, providers, and even the community. You might think I’m talking about workplace violence, which is a concern in healthcare settings. However, I’m referring to bullying and other disruptive behaviors between professionals.  While most of the information shared about nurse bullying and incivility is linked back to the effects on the workforce, it’s critical we understand the impact of disruptive behaviors on patient outcomes. According to an article published…

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