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3 Common Challenges Healthcare Leaders are Facing During Crisis

Now more than ever, healthcare leaders, nurses, and the entire healthcare team are being called to serve the public more than they ever have been called before.  And to serve now means to put your own life at risk. How in the world could you, or any of us, have prepared for this? Leaders need help to tackle the unintended challenges COVID-19 has brought. Caring for patients – we’ve been doing this for centuries. Leading your…


What Nurses Need Now to Get Through COVID-19

Never in our lifetimes have we (healthcare professionals) been challenged to this extent. COVID-19 has turned our worlds upside down.  Now, more than ever, we need something – anything – to help us get through these tough times.  While the rest of the world is shutting down, healthcare teams are ramping up. The good humans on this planet are relying on us to stop the spread of this virus and treat the parents, grandparents, spouses, and…


How to Deal with Informal Leaders Who Undermine Your Authority

Informal leaders undermine authority

You’re the manager of a large surgical ICU. You have one assistant manager, 2 supervisors, and several charge nurses. When you meet with your leadership team, they all appear to be in agreement with initiatives, process improvement changes, etc. However, you suspect that one or more of your leaders are secretly undermining your authority. What’s the Problem? Your formal and informal leaders may be more influential than you are as the primary leader in your department….


What Leaders and Employees Can Do To Eradicate Bullying in Healthcare

There is an epidemic of bullying and incivility in healthcare, and it has to change. It not only affects morale and retention, but it also affects patient outcomes. A new nurse shared that she was really overwhelmed and stressed with patient care. It was one of those days when she was struggling just to deliver the minimum care required of her patients. While running from room to room, she walked passed an experienced nurse who said,…


5 Strategies to Protect Yourself from Retaliation When You Confront a Bully

Bullying and incivility in healthcare are problems. We’ve ALL heard the phrase “nurses eat their young” yet bad behavior continues. Why? Dealing with human behavior versus clinical performance isn’t simple. It’s much easier to tell a coworker he needs to work on his IV insertion skills versus that he needs to treat you with respect. It’s not intuitive to be able to address bad behavior. Ending workplace bullying is difficult at best. But the complexity of…

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