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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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The Gifted Nurse: Perseverance

For the month of December, I’m taking a bit of a diversion from my typical articles about creating professional, supportive, and nurturing work environments by eradicating workplace bullying and incivility. Instead, I thought it would be nice to focus on the gifts bestowed by successful nurses. In my 27 years as a nurse, I’ve admired, been humbled by, and worked along side some of the most amazing nurses in the world. These nurses not only inspired me to be a better nurse, but a better human being as well. Like Rita Gabriel; who taught me how to be a...

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How Perceived Power Can Lead to Bullying Behavior

Can perceived power lead to bullying behavior? I travel a lot on airplanes and am loyal to one particular airline carrier. I’m loyal for a few reasons: They take care of me if my flight gets delayed or cancelled (even if it means putting me on a different airline), and I get perks: I get onboard early, 3 free checked bags up to 70 lbs, AND I get upgraded to first class frequently. One day, I was sitting in first class, drinking a cup of coffee that the flight attendant so nicely offered, while the other coach passengers were...

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The Trifecta Approach to Eradicating Bullying & Incivility

Eradicating bullying and incivility can no longer be left up to chance. What do you do if you’re a healthcare executive and your recent employee engagement data indicates that you have a significant bullying and incivility problem? Do you sigh and say, “Well. That’s just the way it’s always been?” Do you conveniently overlook the comments about how bullying is impacting the overall health and well being of your employees? Do you call a mandatory meeting with your leaders and tell them to “fix this problem” or else? Or, do you take responsibility and do something? Did you know...

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3 Ways To Stand Up to Workplace Bullying: A Witness Doesn’t Have to be a Bystander

Workplace bullying isn’t something that happens from time to time in terrible organizations filled with awful staff; it’s something that happens in all kinds of organizations with all types of people. Yes, this means even the facility with the highest patient safety ratings filled with friendly and dedicated workers are at risk of participating in the bullying epidemic. Think bullying never happens in a Magnet Organization? Think again. As I travel across the globe talking with nurses who experience and witness bullying and incivility, I’ve noticed something strange. Everyone knows bad behavior when they see it, but it’s rare to...

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