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How Does the Queen Bully Get to be Queen?

Do you work with someone that gives you chills of dread when you know you’re working the same shift? Is she someone that if gone tomorrow you would feel like you won the lottery? Is this person the true leader on your unit although she is NOT the manager? If so, you may be working with a QUEEN BULLY.   When I think of her, I think of the scene in the movie, The Lion King, when the hyenas were talking about Mufasa and would shutter at the mere mention of his name.   If you’re working with a...

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Three Reasons Why All Nurses Should Get Certified!

Although I’m considered the “anti-bullying guru” and spend the majority of my time helping individuals and organizations eliminate workplace bullying, I’m also well known for teaching clinical topics. Heck, my talks on ABGs, fluid & electrolytes, and insulin management are almost famous! I like making the complex simple. For years I’ve been teaching nurses how to successfully pass the medical surgical certification exam and when I started RTConnections 5 years ago, I continued teaching these courses. But then I started feeling like a fraud. How could I teach nurses about cardiac disease and diabetes when I wasn’t actively caring...

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5 Conversation Starters to Stop the Cycle of Nurse Bullying

Everyday of my life, a nurse reaches out to me asking for helping regarding a bullying situation. Seriously – EVERYDAY! When I check my email in the morning, I usually have at least 1 – 3 messages from nurses via my website, social media platforms, or through an email message. I can almost feel their pain as I read their stories of bullying by their colleagues – the colleagues who are supposed to support them. In many of these situations, there is an element of silence by the targets, the witnesses AND the leadership teams. As I’ve mentioned in...

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The Difference Between Bully Targets and Bully Victims

73% of all nurses report experiencing bullying or witnessing bullying by their nurse colleagues.  Knowing that there are approximately 3.1 million nurses practicing in the United States, more than 2 million of us have experienced or witnessed bullying by our colleagues. We are hemorrhaging good nurses because of nurse bullying – leaving us left with the bullies! Good nurses are leaving the profession because of the physical, emotional, and psychological impact bullying has on a person. Nurses who are subjected to repeated acts of bullying behavior internalize the conflict and actually start to believe the bully. They believe that...

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Speaking Up Against Workplace Bullying Can Get You Fired. ENOUGH!

Nancy couldn’t take it anymore. She had silently watched Rachel, the charge nurse, sabotage, intimidate, and torture any nurse she didn’t like. Everyone was afraid of Rachel – even the manager. But when one of the newer nurses, who had a ton of potential, quit because of Rachel’s bullying, Nancy had had enough. She filed a formal complaint with her manager and the director from Human Resources.   2 weeks later, Nancy was called into the office and terminated. Why? Workplace bullying is a HUGE problem costing organizations billions of dollars in lost revenue. In most cases, we know...

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