How to Create a Learning Culture for Unprepared New Graduate Nurses
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by Renee Thompson
2w ago
You have frustrated preceptors in your office complaining about your new graduate nurses. Not only are they asked repeatedly to precept new nurse after new nurse, but these are the least prepared new graduate nurses they’ve ever seen; AND these new nurses are leaving within the first year. Your preceptors are at their wits end and constantly complaining to you about it. To make matters worse, your experienced nurses aren’t hiding their feelings about how unprepared these new grads are. They openly criticize them, saying things like, “I can’t believe you don’t know this!” Do you think that new ..read more
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10 Best Bullying and Incivility Strategies from 2022
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by Renee Thompson
1M ago
As 2022 comes to an end, we can look back and agree, bullying and incivility have finally received the attention they deserve. There is evidence that employees are burned out and leaving because of a toxic work culture.  As we wrap up the year, we would like to share ten strategies our team has published throughout the year so you can take action against bullying and incivility in your department. Why?  Because when the leader begins to address the problem, the good employees stay. Here are ten strategies to cultivate a healthy work culture, aimed at addressing bullying and incivilit ..read more
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How to Create a Culture of Gratitude
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by Renee Thompson
3M ago
November is National Gratitude Month, although many healthcare professionals don’t feel so…well…grateful. We get it – between the pandemic and nursing shortage, we understand why there is a reluctance to embrace a culture of gratitude this year. However, despite the challenges we’ve faced in the past few years, intentionally incorporating gratitude in the workplace is instrumental in cultivating and sustaining a healthy work environment where nurses feel supported and want to stay.  Just like a healthy work environment can be cultivated over time, so can a culture of gratitude. And we hav ..read more
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How to Resolve Interdepartmental Conflict
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by Renee Thompson
5M ago
I worked as a Neurosurgical Step-Down nurse for many years. We typically received our patients from the ED, OR, or Neuro ICU. When our patients were stable, we transferred them to the Neuro MedSurg Department. All one big happy family – the Neuro ICU, Neuro Step-Down, and Neuro MedSurg – right? Wrong! Interdepartmental conflicts occurred every day. Conflicts such as, transferring patients (the rooms not ready; the nurse can’t take report now), dumping (orders not being implemented and left for the next department to do; issues with family members not addressed, etc.), and condescension, intimi ..read more
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How to Create a Recognition Rich Culture as a Retention Strategy
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by Renee Thompson
6M ago
Human beings want to feel recognized, valued, and to believe they make a difference. They want recognition by their organization; their leader, and their peers. When employees don’t receive meaningful recognition, they leave. Healthcare professionals are not different.  We know that NOW more than ever before. We’re still in the middle of the Great Resignation and in healthcare, we can’t afford to lose any more team members! In 2021, healthcare turnover increased by 6.4%. This attributed to hospitals losing on average $7.1 million due to turnover. Creating a recognition rich culture isn’t ..read more
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Strategies to Reverse the Great Resignation in Healthcare Before It’s Too Late
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by Renee Thompson
7M ago
The Great Resignation has been sweeping its way across the country since the pandemic began. As consumers, we’re all impacted by the shortage of workers. Like when there are plenty of tables open at a restaurant, but you have to wait an hour because they don’t have enough servers. Or when your favorite Starbucks closes at 1 pm because again, not enough staff. But what happens when there’s a shortage of healthcare professionals? Now it’s not just finding the doors to your favorite Starbucks closed at 1 pm. It’s finding your local hospital doors closed too. More than just missing out on your fav ..read more
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How to Reduce Racism in Healthcare
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by Renee Thompson
7M ago
Racism in healthcare is widespread within the nursing profession. We’ve all seen it whether we realized it or not. And may have been a part of it!  What have we done about it? Not enough! The National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing defines racism as an “assault on the human spirit in the form of biases, prejudices, and an ideology of superiority that persistently cause moral suffering and perpetuate injustices and inequities.” Racism in healthcare is rampant appearing in many different forms (systemic, unit-based, individually), different ways (jokes, criticism, microaggressions ..read more
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Strategies To Make Sure You Don’t Hire a Bully
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by Renee Thompson
7M ago
With the Great Resignation still upon us, it’s easy to understand why healthcare organizations are making hiring and retaining their existing staff their number one priority, while culture is once again placed on the back burner. However, current studies show that culture is still the most important determinant of whether someone stays or leaves their organization. Culture is determined by the behaviors that are encouraged or tolerated and by every person hired. Therefore, it’s important now more than ever to make sure you hire the right people. So, how do you make sure you don’t hire someone ..read more
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Strategies to Create a Positive Organizational Culture
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by Renee Thompson
7M ago
Chances are you’ve heard the saying: People don’t leave jobs; they leave toxic work cultures or People leave managers, not companies. It’s the truth! No one wants to work in a culture that’s negative or worse – toxic. Especially when employees watch their leader doing nothing to address the disruptive behaviors, and where they do not feel valued. Yet, a positive organizational culture has a strong correlation directly impacting turnover, productivity, work satisfaction, and patient outcomes. Yet, culture isn’t always a priority in healthcare – but it should be. When you walk into a business or ..read more
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How to Deal with Negative Employees
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by Renee Thompson
7M ago
Many leaders find that they spend more time and energy dealing with negative employees than actually managing their departments. You know, the employees who seem to wait for you to come in so that they can complain to you. Nothing is ever good enough for them, and they find opportunities to complain to their co-workers and influence them to become negative complainers too. Negative employees are a huge challenge for leaders. According to Tandem HR, negative employees: Find flaws in every suggested solution Point out negative characteristics Gossip Believe they are indispensable Most likely ar ..read more
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