Category: Professional Development

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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5 Qualities Nurse Heroes Possess

Every year during May, nurses around the globe celebrate the wonderful world of nursing. It’s a time for us to reflect on the progress we’ve made over the years and also a time to recognize the amazing nurses who seem to rise above the rest. I call them heroes because they CHOOSE to make decisions based on what’s best for their patients – not themselves. A nurse who hears gunshots coming from the triage room in the ED and while everyone runs out, she runs in. A nurse who after his shift ends goes back into his dying patient’s...

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10 Tips To Create a Successful Nursing Career

Every year in May we celebrate nurses during Nurses Week.  This celebration lasts a week or so and typically ends on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12th. During this time, we recognize the sacrifice nurses make to keep patient’s safe, honor extraordinary acts of heroism, and reflect on what it actually means to be a nurse. We celebrate our current nurses while attempting to inspire a generation of future nurses to be successful. Here is my definition of success: To become the nurse whom we want to work with at 2 o’clock in the morning in a crisis (when you...

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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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