In: Anti-Bullying

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…

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…

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…

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