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

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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.

October 31, 20121

Creating positive work environments for nurses: How loaded are your bags?

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Have you noticed when traveling; some people pack a lot while others hardly carry a thing?  On my way to the west coast last night, I chatted with a gentleman who shared that in his carry-on, he had everything he needed for a two week stay. Two weeks!
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October 17, 20121

Creating healthier work environments for nurses: 3 words to master.

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Nobody’s perfect, like they say (unless you’re my father who says he’s “close” to perfection). As humans, we make mistakes and aren’t always on our best behavior. Add into the mix a stressful, chaotic and unhealthy work environment and you have a recipe for toxicity. What makes things
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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 29, 20121

Dealing with Negative Co-workers and Not Getting the Response You Want? Consider the 25%

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I teach nurses how to: bully-proof and protect themselves at work; engage in effective conflict resolution, deal with negative co-workers; and create supportive and nurturing work environments. An arsenal of strategies exists with proven success.  However, there are times when you can employ all of the right strategies,
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September 16, 20121

Professional Practice Tip for Nurses: Active versus Passive Involvement

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I’ve talked before about “climbing the ladder” of knowledge as a way for nurses to continue developing their skills and knowledge while dealing with the constraints of time and finances. At minimum we should all be reading articles and online newsletters pertinent to our specialty (step 1).  These
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September 6, 20121

IS YOUR CO-WORKER A BULLY OR JUST HAVING 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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August 29, 20121

TO COMPLAIN OR NOT TO COMPLAIN: STOP NURSE BULLYING

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     Bullying is pervasive, destructive and has no place in a profession labeled as caring and compassionate. Although there are many theories to explain why the nursing profession is plagued with bullies and what bullying behaviors actually look like, there’s been little done to actually stop it. One
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August 8, 20121

Nurses. Are You Paying Attention? Secrets to a Healthy Work Environment

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My friends at Embracing Civility shared in a recent blog, that August is National Win with Civility Month. And although I spend a lot of my time teaching individuals and organizations how to create nurturing and supportive work environments, I wanted to learn more about the actual term
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July 18, 20121

Simple Solution to Bullying: FTB

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Nurses share horror stories all the time about the meanest, nastiest nurse who is somehow allowed to continue wreaking havoc on their unit without fear of discipline from the manager. Why? It’s because, 1) she is an excellent clinician, 2) she works as much overtime as available, or
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July 13, 20121

You can’t change your co-workers but you can influence them: Establishing a culture of reciprocation

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Just imagine if everyone went out of his or her way to support each other, if everyone displayed consideration and worked together as a team.  Ah. What a nice place this would be to work.  However, the reality is that we often feel unsupported by our co-workers, unappreciated,
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July 4, 20121

Top 10 + 1 Steps to Professionalism: Secrets learned from nurses’ archenemy – Pharmacy!

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A love-hate relationship exists between nursing and pharmacy. The mere mention of pharmacy to a group of staff nurses is met with sighs, ughs, and eye rolls. When we have our meds, we love them. When we don’t, we consider them spawns of the devil! We blame pharmacy
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June 27, 20121

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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June 15, 20121

Nurses’ Communication Nemesis: Triangulation

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I am in the process of writing my first book. I’m not sure about the title yet, but it’s a book about (pick a name) horizontal violence, nurse-to-nurse bullying, nurses eating their young, etc.  It’s really a self-help book for those of us that have been victimized by
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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, 20122

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 16, 20121

Tips for Student Nurses: Using Brain Science to Prepare for NCLEX

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This is a wonderful time of year for many nursing students. You can smell graduation in the air!  The ceremonies are planned, dedications are written, and families are making travel plans. How exciting! The long and hard (sometimes almost impossible) journey to become a nurse is almost complete.  
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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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