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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…


Choosing the Wrong Friends May Be Dangerous to Your Career

Life isn’t meant to be lived alone. Not only do we need food and shelter to survive, but we also need socialization. In fact, the National Institute on Aging reports that positive interactions can reduce the levels of Interleukin-6, an inflammatory factor, found with disorders like cardiovascular disease, some forms of cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease.  But, what happens when those closest to you – your friends or clique – are negative and emotionally destructive? I…


Do You Train or Do You Fire?

For the last year, Janet wondered if she made the right decision by promoting one of her experienced nurses, Erik, into the assistant manager role. She selected Erik because he had a good relationship with the staff, was enrolled in a master’s program, and seemed to be very organized, which were a few of the reasons she thought he would do well in a leadership role. However, it wasn’t long before Janet started questioning her decision….


3 Ways to Strengthen Relationships with Human Resources Partners

Over the last 10 years, I’ve talked with many healthcare leaders about their attempts to hold employees accountable for professional behavior. When they FINALLY decide to terminate an employee because of disruptive behaviors, they hit a brick wall in the Human Resource Department. HR often tells them that they don’t have enough evidence to support termination or haven’t counseled the employee enough. However, it’s not always HR’s fault. I’ve talked with a lot of HR representatives…

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