Author: Renee Thompson

Connect, Share & Raise Awareness During National Bullying Prevention Month!

During the month of October, the world comes together to raise awareness for bullying prevention and to reflect on where we have been, where we are now, and where we hope to be in the years to come. This year’s National Bullying Prevention Month marks the 11th anniversary of its initiation by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. This month serves as a reminder that bullying prevention must be addressed, and one way to accomplish this is through educating ourselves, our workplaces and our communities. Let’s Connect & Share! This year, during National Bullying Prevention Month, I want to bring...

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5 Ways to Stop an Ill-Equipped Leader, Tough Manager, or Bully Boss

The role of the leader, or boss, is becoming more and more important in today’s complex world. We now have multiple generations working alongside each other, increasing reliance on technology, requiring additional learning, diminishing resources and organizational perks, and an increase in stress, burnout, and employees behaving badly. For organizations to succeed, they need strong, resilient leaders who can mitigate these complexities and inspire a collective team of employees who are all aligned and moving towards a common goal. The reality is that we don’t equip leaders with the skills they need to lead their teams; don’t hire the...

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4 Strategies to Battle Leader Burnout

Are you a leader dealing with burnout? Many years ago, I was the manager on a large medical unit and quickly realized that the majority of my employees were toxic. Seriously, they couldn’t keep managers for more than a year. Every day employees would rush into my office and share horrific stories about their co-workers. I would leave work feeling exhausted and felt as though I had NOTHING left to give my family. I only lasted a year and a half, but during my time there a Rabbi would round on my unit almost every day. He would stop...

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Is Rudeness Really on the Rise?

It’s no secret that rudeness takes center stage in a lot of of conversational arenas these days, but is it really on the rise or is it just something new to complain about? We don’t have to look very far to get the answer.  When my daughters were young, they would go trick or treating with the neighborhood kids. As I stood at the front door to hand out candy, I would watch the other kids run from house to house to get their tasty treats. Many times, a parent would stand on the street in front of a house...

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6 Ways Communication Can Build a Healthy Workplace

  Creating a healthy work environment is a hot topic for leaders today.  More than just the right thing to do for employees and the patients they serve, studies show that creating a healthy work environment increases retention, saves organizations money, and protects patients’ lives.   A healthy work environment increases retention, saves organizations money, and protects patients’ lives. Click to Tweet   Trust me. Creating a healthy work environment isn’t just a warm and fuzzy initiative dreamed up by a bunch of right-brained humans; it’s a logical and profitable strategy, especially in healthcare. So how do you know...

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3 Military Mindsets That Can Transform Your Healthcare Team

  If I walked into your unit right now and asked every employee what the mission of your unit was, I would probably get a dozen different answers. For some nurses, their goal might be to get everything done on their task list. For others, it might be to care for patients as if they were their own precious family. But as you know, for a few, their goal is to do the least amount possible, get the easiest patients, and not get any admissions! I once worked with a nurse whose primary goal during a 12-hour shift was NOT...

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Why Trust Is a Must For Nurse Leaders

  Have you given much thought to the role that trust plays in nursing lately? The public has ranked registered nurses as the most trustworthy people on the planet for years now, and for good reason. We were the one holding their uncle’s hand when he found out the cancer had come back. We’re the one who stitched up their son after his fall from the legendary tree at grandma’s house. We helped their brother with his breathing treatments after the car wreck he was lucky to walk away from. We assisted in bringing their niece into the world....

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Bullying & the 3 P’s

Let’s face it; bullying is awful. Nobody likes to be yelled at, made to feel incompetent, or treated with disrespect in the work place. However, the healthcare environment can be extremely stressful and unpredictable, requiring quick action, which can sometimes lead to folks coming across as either snarky or barky.  High stress can also lead to disruptive behaviors. While some might just say, “suck it up buttercup”, the effects of disruptive behaviors reach far beyond the medical staff. Disruptive behaviors among healthcare employees ultimately reach the patients we serve. According to a report noted in FierceHealthcare, a 2013 study...

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7 Traits of Super Star Nurses

I was recently asked to make a recommendation for a client, and the CNO sent me a message which said “hopefully you’ll find us a superstar!” This got me thinking – what is it that makes someone a superstar employee? Every company has its superstar employees who seem to get more done, get better results, give a better service in a shorter time scale than their colleagues. I’m very fortunate to have worked with a good number of super star nurses, but what makes a nurse stand out from the rest and take their career to the next level?...

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How Bullies Use Exclusion In The Workplace & What You Can Do About It

No one likes to feel excluded – especially at work – but exclusion plays a bigger role than we may think in the workplace. Pot Luck Sundays were the highlight of everyone’s week. After all, who doesn’t love food! The medical surgical GI unit instituted Pot Luck Sundays as an initiative to improve staff morale and inject some socialization into the workplace. The unit had high turnover and poor employee engagement scores and hoped getting the staff together over a meal would help. Pam had worked on the unit for 6 months but never really felt like she fit...

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