Category: Leadership

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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5 Ways To Build Moral Resilience

Moral resilience is so important in nursing. I’d like to say I’ve always made decisions based on what was best for patients or morally right, but I’m not sure I have. Likewise, I’d like to think I’ve always treated  my co-workers with the utmost respect – but have I? Truth be told, when I think back on my career, I’ve made decisions and treated others that in retrospect, were not exactly admirable. Every now and then I think about the times my moral compass went south. I feel the familiar pangs of regret and guilt but stop and remind...

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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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Why Being a Follower Isn’t as Bad as You Think

I think it’s safe to say that most of us have the tendency to attach the word follower to a negative connotation, but this is an ill-advised outlook in every arena, especially the business arena. And since healthcare is technically a BUSINESS, it applies here too. From small, locally owned restaurants to large healthcare conglomerates – all businesses have a hierarchy of followers and leaders. Companies are structured with leader roles (executives, directors, managers, etc.) and follower roles (staff), with the majority of the team members falling under the follower/staff category. This means the majority of the population is,...

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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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