Category: Anti-Bullying

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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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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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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Is High Stress to Blame for Nurse Bullying Behavior?

Have you ever worked with a coworker who is super nice and easy to work with as long as everything is quiet but immediately turns into Mr. Hyde when things get hectic? Shanice is typically friendly and a good team player. She’s been a nurse for just under 8 years and recently made the decision to get her BSN. Shanice has 4 kids, cares for her aging mom and rumor has it that her husband isn’t very supportive and has a drinking problem. Everyone likes working with Shanice, well, as long as all of her patients are stable and...

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Want To Prevent A Bullying Culture? Connect First, Then Lead

I’m considered a healthcare workplace-bullying expert and over the years, I’ve learned an important aspect of bullying. If an organization has a bullying problem – they have a leadership problem. Sounds harsh, but it’s the truth. With skilled leaders who know how to set behavioral expectations, hold their people accountable,  model professional behavior, and engage, recognize, and influence staff, the result is a culture that rejects bullying and incivility and promotes professionalism. Once I recognized this, I began to spend time developing leaders. It’s funny because there were times while working with an organization to eliminate workplace bullying and...

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