So many nurses ask me why I chose bullying as my area of focus, but I didn’t really choose a career in bullying.
Nurse Bullying Chose Me.
Just like many of you, I know what it’s like to come into work, and beeline for the assignment board – not to see what patient assignment, but to see who you’re working with that day.
Just like many of you, I know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed with gut-wrenching dread, knowing that I was working with a nurse who terrified me, because I lived it. And not surprisingly. Did you know that more than 70% of new nurses are exposed to workplace bullying? (1). Yes. Really. Bullying in nursing is far more common than you think.
I used to work with this one nurse who was so notoriously known for being mean. Like junk yard dog mean. When I watched the movie The Lion King with the scene where the hyenas where complaining about the lions, and just by saying the name Mufasa, they shuttered in fear…that’s how I felt every single time I heard her name or saw her name next to mine on the board.
I know people like her are still out there all over the place, causing fear in other nurses every single day, so I wanted to do something to help other nurses who are suffering. 40% of all targets don’t ever tell anyone about their fears or suffering. It’s just not right.
And for that reason, I want to help nurses know that they deserve and can have a better life. I just couldn’t sit back and say, “Well, that’s just the way it is in nursing.” Because I knew better. Because YOU deserve better. And YOU are the reason I choose to make bullying a thing of the past.
If this is your first time here, and you or someone you know is suffering, let me tell you how I can help. I’m here doing my part to help you do yours:
FREE, FREE and FREE:
- You can read my blog, like my Facebook page, subscribe to my email list, listen to my interviews, read my articles, and of course, subscribe to my YouTube channel.
- All of this free content is available on my website – www.rtconnections.com
NOT FREE, BUT POWERFUL
- My 5-star book on Amazon, entitled “Do No Harm” Applies to Nurses Too!
- My, Conversations About Nurse Bullying, toolkit that compliments the book by providing over 100 questions and activities to engage nurses in conversations about nurse bullying.
$20 – $40 is a small price to pay for something that can transform your work environment, and ultimately your life. Skip a few lattes, and you’ve paid for just the book!
One nurse who read my book recently said,
“I loved this book! In my culture, saving face, especially with people who are older than me is very important, so I am often passive with older nurse – bully types. Your book gave me respectful, yet assertive strategies that don’t devalue my culture of respecting my elders. Thank you!”
We are hemorrhaging so many amazing nurses because of the bullies. We need to stop using silence as a strategy and start speaking up!
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Dr. Renee Thompson works with healthcare organizations who want to overcome the leadership and clinical challenges their people face every day. If you’d like to find out more about her programs, please visit her website www.reneethompsonspeaks.com.
Contact Renee today at firstname.lastname@example.org to bring her to your organization to talk about ending the cycle of nurse bullying.