Healthy Workforce Institute (Formerly RTConnections) – The Premiere Nursing Blog

April 20, 20131

NURSE HAZING: A RIGHT OF PASSAGE OR A SET UP FOR FAILURE?

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We all know nurses who think being mean to newer nurses is a “right of passage.” They appear to take pride in demoralizing the “newbies” and think they are toughening them up to make them good nurses. They talk about how they were tortured as new nurses and
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April 3, 20131

NEWEST GENERATION OF NURSE BULLIES. CAN THIS BE TRUE?

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When discussing nurse bullying, most of us think about the crusty older nurse bullying the younger new nurse. However, lately I’ve been getting emails from older nurses who are being bullied by…yep…the newer, younger nurses! How can this be? Before I go down this path, I want to
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March 26, 20131

STOP THE CYCLE OF BULLYING: LESSONS LEARNED FROM A 13 YR OLD AND HIS MOM

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You can’t read a paper, listen to the radio or even watch a television show without hearing something about bullying. More and more people are talking about bullying and I’m glad.  Because nurse bullying is “my thing” I set up a Google alert using the keyword, “bullying”. Every
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March 6, 20131

ARE NURSING PEER REVIEWS JUST ANOTHER WEAPON FOR BULLIES?

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According to Wikipedia, peer review is, “the evaluation of work by one or more people of similar competence to the producers of the work.”  While typically used to evaluate scholarly work in academia, peers reviews have found their way into the employee evaluation process. Is this a good
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January 30, 20131

ENDING NURSE BULLYING: BUSTING THROUGH THE #1 BARRIER

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Nurse bullying is a problem. We’ve ALL heard the phrase “nurses eat their young” yet it continues. Why? Consider this – Dealing with human behavior versus clinical performance isn’t simple. It’s much easier to tell someone she needs to work on her IV insertion skills versus that she
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January 23, 20131

ENDING NURSE BULLYING: “FREIRE STYLE”

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Nurse bullying is a problem. But is it a new problem? The answer is no. Humans treating humans with disrespect has been documented since we walked on two feet instead of four. I’m sure there is a caveman drawing somewhere depicting bullying behavior. Although I’d like to believe
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January 21, 20131

Lessons learned from the King. Addressing Nurse bullying

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One of my favorite quotes by the great MLK is this:  “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”~ Martin Luther King Jr. On this day, Martin Luther King, Jr. day, I am reminded of the importance of speaking up with we
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January 14, 20131

Stopping Overt Nurse Bullies: #1 action step to stop them in their tracks!

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If you’ve been a target of a nurse bully, I don’t have to tell you how destructive bullying can be.  I’ve known nurses who have called off work, suffered from headaches and diarrhea, and even quit —all because of nurse bullies.  Healthcare loses productivity, risks medical errors, and
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December 26, 20121

Renee’s top 10 tips for a successful nursing practice

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Taking care of patients is the EASY part! By now you know that being a successful nurse involves way more than inserting an IV on the first attempt or accurately assessing a patient’s lung sounds. If that were the case, anyone could be a nurse. A successful nurse
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December 19, 20121

Witnessing Nurse Bullying is Bad for YOUR Health!

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Nurse-to-nurse bullying is a problem. It’s pervasive, destructive and doesn’t belong in a profession that is supposed to be caring and compassionate. The good news is that not all nurses become victims of bullying. The bad news is most nurses have at least witnessed their co-workers subjected to
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October 3, 20121

Gossip: The Cancer Destroying Your Workplace

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Try going one day without saying something negative about another person behind his or her back. You may think it’s easy but I challenge you to see if you can do it.   Gossiping (talking about people behind their backs) has unfortunately, become so common that we don’t
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September 6, 20121

Bully or Just a Bad Day?

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Let’s face it. In stressful situations, we are not always on our best behavior. The unpredictability of healthcare, dealing with crisis after crisis with limited resources can convert Glenda the Good Witch into the Wicked Witch from the East – occasionally. What’s the difference between someone who is
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June 27, 20122

Working with an Energy Vampire? Learn how to protect yourself from the bite!

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Do you work with someone who when she speaks, every word coming out of her mouth is gloom and doom? Let’s say you’re in a good mood. La la la…You walk into the break room and there she is.  You find yourself face to face with a creature
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Spending time working in a negative environment means that hours are spent under an umbrella of negativity. Instead create a positive work environment.
June 13, 20121

Magic Mirror Neurons! Using brain science to create a positive work environment

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We sometimes spend more of our waking hours at work than we do at home. Spending that time working in a negative environment means that most of your waking hours are spent under an umbrella of negativity. Ugh! Nobody likes to work in a negative environment, right? But
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May 30, 20123

What to do if the bully is your boss? 5 steps for nurses

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Nurse bullying and incivility are pervasive, destructive and don’t belong in a profession that is supposed to be caring and compassionate. To help nurses protect and bully-proof themselves, I conduct workshops on bullying. My workshops are designed to help academic organizations who are trying to create cultures of
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May 2, 20121

Mastering the Art and Science of Giving and Receiving Feedback

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Have you ever worked really hard on a project or presentation and either had to ask a colleague for feedback or had to ask an audience to evaluate you? Those moments when you know others are evaluating your work can be both exciting and torturous!  Nobody can deliver
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April 25, 20121

Classroom Etiquette: Professional competence tips for student nurses

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I once had a student who, let’s just say, hadn’t mastered the skill of professional competence. For the entire four hours of class, she slouched forward with her head supported by her hand, as close to the desk as possible without actually touching it. I don’t think she
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January 11, 20121

Tips for New Nursing Grads: Beware of the Social Media Sirens

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Social media is everywhere. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Diggs, Google+, etc…heck, you can’t even watch a television show without being bombarded by their social media marketing plugs. Almost everybody has at least a Facebook Page – schools, health care organizations and even the mom and pop shops are utilizing
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August 17, 20111

Tips for New Nursing Grads: Target of bullying? Don’t suffer in silence!

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New nurses fear two things when they start their first job: Making a mistake and that the other nurses will eat them alive! Really. I’ve talked with many student and graduate nurses over the years and get the same response: “What if the nurses are mean? Does my
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