Author: Renee Thompson

15 Building Blocks for Successful Nursing Practice

I’ve never thought of myself as a coach (even though I used to offer career coaching as a service). However, when I think about it, I’ve been “coaching” for decades. And so have you. As nurses, we coach our patients to be more compliant with their treatments. As preceptors, we coach our new nurses by helping them transition into professional practice. As nurse leaders, we coach our employees by creating environments where they can excel clinically and professionally. As nurse leaders, let's coach our employees by creating environments where they can excel clinically and… Click to Tweet Nurses coach...

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Creating Sacred Spaces In Healthcare

We are hearing more and more about disruptive behaviors in healthcare and how they impact the work environment, retention, AND patients. I’ve surveyed thousands of nurses over the years about the types of disruptive behaviors they’ve either experienced or witnessed in the workplace.  These behaviors range from eye rolling to actual physical violence.  Out of all of the behaviors listed (there are 15), the third most common behavior that nurses reported was being yelled at, openly criticized, or mocked in front of others. Unfortunately, many times the “in front of others” are patients. A few examples: “No matter how...

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10 Practical Ways to Spread Positivity in the Workplace

Are you working in a negative environment and want to be the one to step up or just want to spread a little positivity but you’re not sure where to start? Let me help. A recent study found that a positive work environment is the most important factor when calculating employee satisfaction. If you’re anything like me this news didn’t surprise you at all. A positive work environment not only benefits individual employees, but the business as a whole. It’s no secret that if people are happy where they work they’re more productive and less likely to make mistakes....

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Rolling Out The Red Carpet For Your Float Nurses

Today I’d like to tell you why and how you should be rolling out the red carpet for your float nurses. Four years ago I went back to the bedside. It had been 8 years since I independently cared for patients, so I was a nervous wreck! The environment had changed so much that even though I had been a nurse for 20+ years, I was not confident in my ability to get back on the horse. My third day off of orientation (keep in mind I only worked twice a month), I noticed that my name wasn’t on...

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5 Life Lessons Every Nurse Can Learn From John Wooden

John Wooden was arguably the most successful, probably the most influential, and certainly the most studied coach in the history of US sports. His UCLA basketball teams won 11 national championships over a 13 year span. But, his influence is more than a matter of wins and losses. He spoke very little about “winning”. Winning – the final numbers of the scoreboard – was the result of a process, of doing things the right way. And it was the way he coached that made a difference and led to his phenomenal results. Winning is the result of a process,...

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Mother Bear Is Here! The Art of Protecting New Nurses

The bond between a mother bear and her cub is very strong. Mother bears are the quintessential role models for loving and protecting offspring. When a mother bear detects a threat to her cubs, what does she do? She gets “bat sh** crazy” on them! A mother bear will sacrifice her life to save her cubs. When a cub cries, this indicates the cub is cold, wet, or needs food so the mother bear feeds, warms, or moves the cub to dry land. When the cub yells, this indicates the cub is separated from her, so the mother bear grunts...

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We’re All In This Together: Superstar Team Building Tips

Team building is crucial in any business, but I believe it’s especially important in nursing! Why is that? When nurses function as a team, it’s easier to complete all of the gazillion tasks required to care for today’s complex patients. Working together to admit and discharge patients, manage patient’s pain and elevated blood sugars; and prevent falls, infections, and unhappy patients is what’s best for the entire staff and most importantly, what’s best for our patients. It’s also no secret that medical care is becoming more advanced with each passing second, often requiring us to take a multidisciplinary approach...

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Bridging the Gap Between Millennial Nurses and Boomers

Millennials and boomers; they’re different, right? Right. However, different isn’t always a bad thing! Especially in nursing where we can use our differences to better treat our patients. Let me explain. Almost every time I get together with a group of nurses on a unit to talk about incivility, the topic of generational differences comes up. The boomers complain about the entitled attitudes of the newer, younger nurses and the millennials complain about the “crusty”, cranky older nurses. Typically, this is what I hear: From the boomers: The young nurses don’t respect them. They think they’re entitled, think they know...

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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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Renee Thompson
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