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Say goodbye to nurse bullying, workplace bullying, and incivility.


Healthy Workforce Institute equips healthcare leaders to better lead professional teams and empower employees to provide the best healthcare possible. Dr. Renee Thompson is a leading authority on creating a healthy workforce culture by eradicating nurse bullying, workplace bullying, and incivility.

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

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, 20122

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

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

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

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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