Nurses share horror stories all the time about the meanest, nastiest nurse who is somehow allowed to continue wreaking havoc on their unit without fear of discipline from the manager. Why? It’s because, 1) she is an excellent clinician, 2) she works as much overtime as available, or 3) she witnessed a murder. Seriously. Think about this nurse who continues to bully other nurses yet nothing is done about it. Several years ago I heard about a nurse who was notoriously known for eating students, new nurses and new physicians for breakfast! She was hypercritical, unapproachable, and just plain old mean. When a complaint was filed against her by a group of her peers, the solution brilliantly thought up by management was to send the entire unit, all 75 of them, to a 4-hour workshop on how to deal with negative co-workers. Seriously? Imagine the cost to the unit in terms of dollars AND morale. Basically what management was saying was that the staff was helpless to do anything about it. No wonder the nurses were leaving in droves. My solution? It’s simple. FTB – which stands for FIRE THE BULLY! I don’t care if the nurse is the second coming of Albert Einstein and can hold her bladder for 24 hours. If she is a bully and you’ve told her to stop, she needs to be fired! Bullying...Read More
Imagine a world where bullying doesn’t exist. Where nurses go out of their way to support each other. Where everyone works as a team. No, you’re not dreaming. It is real – or at least can be. Today is a great day for me because I am announcing my “bully-proofing” seminar for nurses. I designed this two day seminar to help nurses who are struggling with bad behavior in their work environment by teaching them the strategies to communicate more effectively and to protect and bully-proof themselves at work. Day 1 focuses on the key strategies involved with bully-proofing, while Day 2 teaches the key principles of effective, assertive communication. Students and nurses that attend both days will leave with the tools they need to successfully navigate through environments that aren’t always positive; effectively deal with negative co-workers; and walk away feeling confident in their ability to manage difficult relationships and challenging environments. Creating nurturing and supportive environments for students, new and experienced nurses have been my life long passion and mission. Bullying behavior DOES NOT BELONG in a profession that is supposed to be caring and compassionate – period. Join me; bring your colleagues and share with other nurses in your networks. Together, we can make a difference! For more information and to register, go to www.rtconnections.com. You will find an electronic brochure with seminar details. I...Read More
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