I started blogging in 2010 as a way to help nurses articulate their value through ongoing professional development. I started writing about communication, conflict resolution, and email etiquette; critical thinking skills, interviewing skills, and resume building. But over the last few years, my blog topics have centered around one primary topic – NURSE BULLYING. Why? Because I just can’t sit back and accept nurse bullying as the norm.
Although I still write about topics other than nurse bullying, the fact remains, my posts regarding nurse bullying receive the most attention.
The following list represents my top 10 blog posts of 2015. Only 1 isn’t related to bullying! Starting with the blog post that received more views than the rest combined, here is my list:
We all know the employee who is toxic but never seems to get caught. Often, we feel powerless to do anything about it. In this blog post I outline the steps needed to finally catch and eliminate the professional bully!
I talk about mirror neurons a lot and now there is proof that when we surround ourselves with rude and negative people, we become rude and negative too! The key is to surround yourself with positive, energetic, and supportive humans.
Terri Thieret shares her remarkable story when she found herself on the other side of the bedrails. Terri is a nurse who spent over 110 days hospitalized after complications from H1N1. Her story is extraordinary.
More and more nurses reach out to me asking for help regarding a bullying boss. Leaders should know better yet they can be the most toxic bullies in an organization. In this blog post I share signs that your boss might be a bully.
#5. The Power of a Partner to Stop Nurse Bullying
Too often nurses who find themselves targets of bullying behavior suffer in silence. What they don’t realize is that chances are, they are not the only one the bully has targeted. Figure out who else is being targeted and partner with them!
When we label EVERYTHING as bullying, we water down true bullying. Doing so reduces our opportunities to clearly identify behaviors that lead to toxic work environments, undermine cultures of safety AND negatively impacts our profession.
Bullying can be low level (eye rolling) or high level (sabotage). As bullying behaviors escalate to aggression, they can lead to violence. In this post I answer the question, “How do you know when bullying may lead to violence?”
While most bullying behavior involves verbal assaults, back stabbing, and psychological torture, some bullies resort to physical violence. In this blog I share real stories of nurses who got physical and what you should do if it happens to you.
#9. Nurse-Physician Relationships: Do What Sam Does
Nurse-physician relationships have always been an issue. Although we are seeing more collegial relationships, there are still some physicians who treat nurses like their handmaidens. But not Sam. Sam is a physician where I work and understands the value of collegial relationships.
Bullying is getting more and more attention. However, many people get confused about what it is and who is responsible for eliminating it. By understanding the basics, we can all do our part to stop the cycle of bullying!
I hope you enjoyed reading my top 10 list. I can’t wait to start writing in 2016!!
Take care and stay connected
About the author: Dr. Renee Thompson is a keynote speaker, author and professional development/anti-bullying thought leader. Renee spends the majority of her time helping healthcare and academic organizations address and eliminate bullying behavior. To find out how you can bring Renee to YOUR organization or nursing event, click here.