In: Personal Development

05
Mar

Stop Studying and Start Doing Something About Bullying in Healthcare

I just returned from the Sigma Nursing Healthy Work Environment Conference. During this conference, nurses from around the world shared their research findings related to cultivating a healthy work environment. While only a small percentage of the presentation topics included bullying or incivility, it was clear that the global nursing community recognizes the negative impact bullying and incivility have on a healthy work environment. The research shared was remarkable!! However, I still got the sense that…

19
Feb

3 Steps to Intervene with an Abrasive Leader

Brad is one of your top managers. From his early beginnings at the hospital as a nursing aide to now running one of the largest hospital units, he’s known for handling crisis situations with efficiency and apparent ease. He sets high expectations for himself and for those who work for him. As a result, his unit has high patient satisfaction scores and runs like a well-oiled machine. Sounds perfect, right? Unfortunately, despite Brad’s high productivity and…

22
Jan

Using Curiosity to Deal with a Territorial Coworker

Cheryl had her chair, her computer, and her med cart. Everyone in the ICU knew this; even the physicians, who wouldn’t dare sit in Cheryl’s chair and use her computer if she was in sight.  One night, Liz, one of the newer nurses, sat in Cheryl’s chair to document on her patient – on Cheryl’s computer. One of the techs warned her, “You had better not let Cheryl see you sitting in her chair.” But Liz…

18
Dec

10 Steps to Building Your Resilience

Resilience

Can you believe that another year is almost over?!? The older I get, the faster the years seem to fly by. It seems like just yesterday I was a young adult venturing out to my first day of being a real nurse. Thirty four years later (yikes!), I sit here at my desk writing to you and sharing ways to strengthen your professional practice. Each year in between has given me insight and experiences, both good…

26
Jun

4 Easy Ways for Passionate Nurses to Beat Burnout

One of the best compliments I received came from a nurse a few weeks ago.  It was during nurses’ week, when she heard my keynote, “Celebrate Nursing: Human by Birth – Hero by Choice.” She told me that she had been feeling burned out in her role as a nurse lately, but that while listening to me talk about nurses as heroes, she was reminded of why she choose nursing in the first place. That reminder,…

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