3 Traits of Leaders That Create a Culture of Speaking Up

What is your greatest wish as an employee? As you ponder that question it’s likely that everything from being respected and treated fairly to being paid well and being valued has crossed your mind, which are all excellent things to strive for in a workplace! So, what do all of these things have in common? Most of them can be traced back to “being heard” in one way or another. As employees, and people in general, we want to know that our voice matters; that we matter. I recently had the pleasure of reading an enlightening article in The Harvard...

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Bullying & Burnout: The Leadership Challenges of the 21st Century

Bullying and burnout is a huge problem among leadership in the 21st century and it’s time we started talking about it! Gretchen was excited when she accepted a leadership position at a prominent hospital in her hometown. She had worked at a local community hospital for the last 6 years and advanced as far as she could go. Now she had an opportunity to work at a large teaching hospital as the manager on a busy telemetry unit. Within 2 months, Gretchen was questioning whether or not she made the right decision. Although she was looking forward to spending...

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5 Qualities Nurse Heroes Possess

Every year during May, nurses around the globe celebrate the wonderful world of nursing. It’s a time for us to reflect on the progress we’ve made over the years and also a time to recognize the amazing nurses who seem to rise above the rest. I call them heroes because they CHOOSE to make decisions based on what’s best for their patients – not themselves. A nurse who hears gunshots coming from the triage room in the ED and while everyone runs out, she runs in. A nurse who after his shift ends goes back into his dying patient’s...

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10 Tips To Create a Successful Nursing Career

Every year in May we celebrate nurses during Nurses Week.  This celebration lasts a week or so and typically ends on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12th. During this time, we recognize the sacrifice nurses make to keep patient’s safe, honor extraordinary acts of heroism, and reflect on what it actually means to be a nurse. We celebrate our current nurses while attempting to inspire a generation of future nurses to be successful. Here is my definition of success: To become the nurse whom we want to work with at 2 o’clock in the morning in a crisis (when you...

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5 Ways To Build Moral Resilience

Moral resilience is so important in nursing. I’d like to say I’ve always made decisions based on what was best for patients or morally right, but I’m not sure I have. Likewise, I’d like to think I’ve always treated  my co-workers with the utmost respect – but have I? Truth be told, when I think back on my career, I’ve made decisions and treated others that in retrospect, were not exactly admirable. Every now and then I think about the times my moral compass went south. I feel the familiar pangs of regret and guilt but stop and remind...

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How To Partner With Human Resources To Prevent Workplace Bullying

It’s crucial for human resources and management staff to work together to protect their organization against workplace bullying! Here’s why. A nurse manager has been dealing with high turnover and poor retention because of one toxic person. This person, otherwise known as the queen bully, has been wrecking havoc on the unit for decades but her toxic behavior has never been addressed because she is so clinically competent. Finally, the manager has had enough and decides to terminate the queen bully but when she contacts human resources, she hits a brick wall. “Well, did you counsel this person?” “What...

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Why Being a Follower Isn’t as Bad as You Think

I think it’s safe to say that most of us have the tendency to attach the word follower to a negative connotation, but this is an ill-advised outlook in every arena, especially the business arena. And since healthcare is technically a BUSINESS, it applies here too. From small, locally owned restaurants to large healthcare conglomerates – all businesses have a hierarchy of followers and leaders. Companies are structured with leader roles (executives, directors, managers, etc.) and follower roles (staff), with the majority of the team members falling under the follower/staff category. This means the majority of the population is,...

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Nurse Bullying: What To Do When The Bullies Are The Support Staff

As a new grad, Stacie was prepared to face nurse bullying by the older, senior nurses. She learned about it in school, experienced it as a student during her clinical rotations, and even did her own search on the web to help “bully-proof” herself. She was prepared and confident that she could recognize AND address any attempts at “eating” her. What Stacie wasn’t prepared for was being bullied by the nursing assistant. Sandra was older, had been working as a nursing assistant on that unit for 35 years, and extremely competent in her role. Stacie introduced herself to Sandra...

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Managing Different Generations? Here’s The Secret To Success!

Imagine an employee who brings enthusiasm and energy, shares fresh ideas and new approaches, displays wisdom that typically comes with years of experience, demonstrates unflagging loyalty to the organization and refuses to take “no” for an answer when pitching a breakthrough idea. Realistically, the chance of finding all these characteristics in a single employee is practically zero; however, these same desirable characteristics, and many more, can be found in today’s multi-generational workforce.   Talkin’ Bout My Generation   Four years ago I took a leap of faith and went back to the bedside. I made this decision because for...

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Why You Should Be Certified & 3 Steps to Build a Culture of Certification

I’ve been preparing nurses to pass nursing certifications exams for more than eight years now. Teaching these prep courses are some of my favorite courses to teach. However, throughout my years, I’ve heard grumbling from nurses who don’t see the value of certification. They just think certification is a “money maker” for the certifying body. These grumblers tend to be nurses who have been practicing for decades, who get snarky as they say, “I don’t need no stinkin’ certification to prove I’m competent!” YES! And they are correct. Certification does not PROVE a nurse is competent. Certification VALIDATES their...

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