Author: Renee Thompson

You Fired Your Bully. Do You Tell Your Staff?

Have you ever fired a bully? Did you wonder how to tell your staff or if you even should? Let’s say you’re a manager in an ICU and just fired one of your older, experienced nurses because of continued disruptive behavior. You can almost see and feel the tension in the air among your employees.  Eyes are darting back and forth; people are whispering in the corner; and everyone stops talking as soon as you enter the nurses’ station. What do you do? Do you talk about it with your staff? Do you avoid the subject in the hope...

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7 Actions to Take if You Witness Workplace Bullying

Have you ever wondered what you should do if you witness bullying? Many of us have witnessed bullying and/or incivility against others but have kept silent. Sometimes, we’re just thankful the bully’s focus is on somebody else and not us! Other times, we are caught off guard or simply don’t know what to say or do. However, by our silence, we unwittingly condone and contribute to a culture of bullying and incivility. When we're silent we condone and contribute to a culture of #bullying and #incivility. Click to Tweet Did you know… 73% of all nurses have either experienced...

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10 Books Every Nurse Leader Must Read

I have yet to encounter a respected leader who embodied all the principles of authentic leadership on their first day in a leadership role. However, there are certainly people who seem to have a knack for it while others clearly do not. What I know to be true about great leaders is that they didn’t become great overnight, but grew into great leaders over time. One way to build the essential skills that make you a great  leader is to embrace continuous learning as a habit. An easy way to do that is to read something instructional or inspirational...

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Harassment, #MeToo, and Bullying: Gaining Clarity

Have you noticed the uptick in the number of women who are coming forward with stories of sexual harassment? Hollywood actresses banded together showing their support and solidarity by dressing in black at the Golden Globes, every news channel, publication, and social media platform are writing stories about sexual harassment, and the #metoo campaign is now a worldwide phenomenon. WHAT’S HAPPENING? The #metoo campaign went viral in October 2017 to demonstrate the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace. The now recognized hashtag can be seen on practically every social media platform, on billboards and signs, and in intimate...

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How to Revamp the Nightingale Pledge for Today’s Nurse

Did you know that the Nightingale pledge is actually a modified version of the Hippocratic Oath?  While the Hippocratic Oath was written in the 5th century, it wasn’t until many years later in 1893 that nurses decided to create their own version. However, Florence Nightingale didn’t actually write this pledge. The pledge recited by millions of nurses around the world was actually written in her honor by Lystra Gretter and a committee from the Farrand Training School for Nurses in Detroit Michigan. Did you know that Florence Nightingale didn't actually write the Nightingale Pledge? #funfacts #nursingcareer Click to Tweet...

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How to Tell Your “Best” Nurse She is Toxic

Have you ever worked with a nurse who was so brilliant, had a remarkable mind, and knew everything there was to know about saving lives, but who was a toxic force in your department? I have too.  If I’ve heard this once, I’ve heard it a thousand times, “She’s a great nurse, our best, but she’s not a very nice person” or “He’s our best nurse but doesn’t like people very much.” How on earth can you be a great nurse and not like people?? One nurse even described her coworker as “beastly on a good day.” The problem...

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How to Establish Peer-to-Peer Accountability

“Accountability breeds responsibility” – Stephen Covey When I was a manager, I knew it was going to be a rough day anytime I walked onto my unit and there was a line of employees by my door waiting for my arrival. Ugh. Many times, it was an employee complaining about something one of his/her co-workers did or didn’t do. Each time, I tried to take care of the problem.  I’d either talk to the other employee (and of course, found out there was another side to the story), just listen, or would rack my brain trying to figure out...

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4 Step Action Plan: How to Deal with Difficult Patients & Families

When you entered nursing school you were probably warned that you’d have a few difficult patients. Maybe you even went as far as to mentally prepare yourself for the day you’d save someone’s life and they’d scream and yell at you for something trivial. However, there is something that’s equally – if not more so – challenging than a difficult or disruptive patient. Their family members. Difficult patients are a guarantee in nursing. After all, think about when you’re sick with a cold or the flu. How pleasant are you? I’ve always said that working with the public can...

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The Gifted Nurse: Optimism

We’ve reached the fourth and final part of The Gifted Nurse series and today we’re talking all about optimism! Humans are born either more positive or more negative – it’s genetic. You can be born more positive but when you enter into a negative work environment, you can easily adopt the negative attitudes and behaviors from other people because of something in our brains called mirror neurons. Basically, mirror neurons mimic what we see and hear most often. They say you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with: average type of house you...

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The Gifted Nurse: Compassion

Compassion in nursing is so much more than being nice to patients. Compassion is about connecting with human beings on a level deeper than just “the GI bleeder in room 14 bed 2”. When nurses extend compassion, they provide the patient a sense of security. A feeling that their condition and concerns are being heard, recognized and acted upon. Compassion fosters a strong foundation of trust and assures them that you’re both working towards the best possible outcome for them physically, emotional, mentally, and at times, spiritually. Patients expect their nurses to be competent – that we’re going to...

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