ENDING THE SHIFT WARS IN NURSING

A war exists in healthcare – a war that has been plaguing our nursing profession for more than a century. This war brings with it injuries and casualties. This war is well known but rarely spoken about in public. What is this war? It’s the war between day shift and night shift. Ending the shift wars in Nursing! The day shift nurses think the night shift sit around all night sucking the liquids out of bon-bons. The night shift nurses think the day shift are the favorites and get all of the support, resources, food, and fun. So, what...

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When Nursing Competitive Behavior Crosses the Line Into Bullying

The opening games began in Rio last week, and with the flurry of competitions on TV and Olympic winners biting down on their medals, the high energy of athletes living their dream is infectious! How exciting to see the very moment that athletes reach the goal they’ve been training for their whole lives. We see our beautiful USA gymnastics team cheer each other on, and hug one another after a competition. The Italian women’s synchronized diving teams cried together after the success of one of their best dives. Athletes have a bond in their common goal of reaching the...

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Female-To-Female Bullying: Can Women be the Solution?

The feminine power in the world is rising; as a result, we are experiencing the most exciting and empowering time in history for women. Hillary Clinton is a candidate for our next president, and she isn’t the only powerful female force impacting the world. Thousands of other women carry a bright torch and are paving the way for other women to succeed. But are all women supporting other women? Female-To-Female Bullying: Can Women be the Solution? If we were to place our women leaders on a panel next our women bullies, what do you think our female trailblazers would...

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Caring for Patients and Others, Are They Nourished?

Eating out can be a nightmare for me and anyone brave enough to join me. I don’t eat meat AND I have crazy DEATH allergies. I’m allergic to sesame seeds/sesame oil, tree nuts, quinoa, and flax seeds. I carry a double pack of epinephrine with me at all times and rarely go a year without using it. My sister once said that if she were me, she would never eat out! Well, I travel 80% of the time. If I didn’t eat out, I’d starve to death! Over the years I’ve learned to be very careful – even asking...

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3 KEYS TO DEVELOPING ASSERTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS

It’s no secret that even as professionals, we encounter ineffective communication skills every day. We can see it in our co-workers who give us the cold shoulder or silently storm around the unit/department. We can see it in the unfortunate tirade of a boss who’s a “yeller” but insists she has an “open door” policy. Or in the physician who makes the false assumption that we can read minds. Perhaps we even see ineffective communication in ourselves. 3 Keys to Develop Assertive Communication Skills Communicating effectively is a core skill necessary for you to succeed. If you happen to...

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3 Tips to Manage the Tsunami of Nursing Information

Once upon a time, the only jobs you heard about were the ones in your city. Accessing nursing information was reliant upon your fact-finding skills at the library and getting an education required you to attend class in a physical classroom. The only way to keep up with the latest medical treatments and patient care innovations was to read articles in a physical journal or attend a live lecture. Boy, have things changed. Welcome to the information age. Tips to Manage the Tsunami of Nursing Information While you may feel inundated with the sheer volume of blog feeds, newsletters...

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How Bad is Bullying in Your Organization? Find out in 4 Simple Steps

Several years ago I attended an advisory board meeting. Our group, mostly hospital executives, started discussing how bullying had gotten out of hand in their organization. In the middle of our discussion, one executive interrupted, “Oh, we don’t have any bullying issues.” Everyone present was shocked. I knew first hand she had big problems on some of her units because several of my students in a course I was teaching were her nurses. They came to me, desperate for help. Bullying in your organization is a real problem. “Oh, we don’t have any bullying issues.” We all know when...

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How a Mentoring Culture Transforms a Bullying Culture

Recently a nurse confided in me, recalling her first days as a nurse. Becky found herself frazzled. She was new to the job, in the midst of a learning curve, and was having trouble keeping her head above water. She walked by one of the more experienced nurses who asked how she was doing. Becky responded that she “was drowning.” At that, the nurse fired back, “Well, you’d better learn how to swim.” That abandonment stuck with Becky all her days as a nurse. You’d better learn how to swim??? Really? How a Mentoring Culture Transforms a Bullying Culture...

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Choose To Be A Hero

My mom is a nervous wreck. I’m flying overseas twice this month, and one of them connects in Brussels – the location of a recent bombing, and she’s totally freaked out. I remember saying to her a few weeks ago that tragedy can happen in my own backyard. And then there was Orlando. A lone gunman, Omar Mateen, entered a Florida nightclub and left 49 dead, 53 wounded. It was an event born out of hate. Listening and watching the horror as it unfolded, as a healthcare provider, I couldn’t help but focus on the medical and non-medical people...

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The Wrong Way Leaders Respond to Toxic Employees

Amani has been working as an ICU nurse for decades and has a reputation for eating students, new nurses, and new physicians for breakfast! When employees are hired, they are often warned about Amani. When nurses get pulled to the ICU, they are warned about Amani. When there is a change in leadership in the ICU, they are warned about Amani. Toxic Employees Amani is a toxic employee and everyone knows it. New nurses drop like flies and experienced nurses somehow find ways to transfer to other units. Turnover is high and staff morale is low. Why is Amani...

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