Press Release: DES PLAINES, Ill. (Oct. 26, 2017) – New research from the Emergency Nurses Association recently published in the International Emergency Nursing Journal indicates workplace bullying is a significant factor in the dynamics of patient care, nursing work culture, and nursing retention. The study, aimed at developing a grounded theory of workplace bullying in emergency departments, describes bullying behavior, the dynamic of hazing and how nurses and patients are … [Read more...] about Study: Workplace bullying is underestimated driver of nurse and patient outcomes
Lateral Violence is all too common in the workplace. Thankfully more and more are insisting this issue no longer remain a secret, but instead are doing everything they can to bring this issue to light and make sure that all nurses know how to stop being a victim of nurse bullying. Today's guest post by Marie A. Castronovo MS, RN, FNP-BC proposes to hold hospitals financially and publicly accountable for resolving nurse bullying. Nursing's Dirty Little Secret: Nurse Bullying Nurse … [Read more...] about Nursing’s Dirty Little Secret: Nurse Bullying, Can Hospitals Resolve the Issue?
Nurses eat their young. If you're a nurse and haven't experienced bullying, you likely know someone who has. When I speak about social media and talk about how my bullying experience lead me to find community and connections with nurses online, I always have nurses who approach me after my talk to confide in me their bullying experiences. This happens without fail. I am thankful to make connections with my audience, but it saddens me that this is often the area that sparks a deeper … [Read more...] about Nurses Eat Their Young – How to Stop Being a Victim of Nurse Bullying
The history of nursing is a relatively complicated tale filled with twists, turns, and not to mention a few hurdles creating a drastically different landscape from even a decade ago. The lamps have been put away, and white caps are gathering dust under beds. We now wear scrubs made of awesome flexible and stain resistant fabric, obtain PhDs, and travel. Bullying, on the other hand, seems to be cemented into the foundation of nursing. Despite increasing awareness and numerous measures to combat … [Read more...] about Minimize the Powerpoint: Utilizing Education to Stop Nurse Horizontal Violence
Guest Blogger: Renee Thompson Nurse bullying is a problem. But is it a new problem? The answer is no. Humans treating humans with disrespect has been documented since we walked on two feet instead of four. I’m sure there is a caveman drawing somewhere depicting bullying behavior. Although I’d like to believe we’ve evolved a bit since the caveman era, humans treating humans badly still exists. It’s no different in the nursing profession. However, bullying just seems more perverse in a … [Read more...] about Ending Nurse Bullying: “Freire Style”
A recent survey of over 1,000 RNs suggests that there are several barriers preventing implementation of evidenced-based practices to improve patient outcomes. One of the primary barriers mentioned was resistance from nursing leadership. Also ranking high on the list were politics and organizational cultures. The cultures that avoid change are certainly damaging to implementation of these standards of care. There is a disconnect among new graduate nurses and seasoned nurses in understanding the … [Read more...] about Evidence Based Practice: Nurses Barriers to Implementation?
Nursing can be a monotonous and stressful profession. Your daily routine can become so persistent and the appreciation you feel for what you do often seems minimal. While there are some that feel the paycheck should be enough, there are others who picked nursing as their profession because they wanted more than just money in the bank. Unfortunately, nurses often give of themselves to the point where they may begin to feel defeated. They may start asking themselves “Why did I start doing this?” … [Read more...] about How to Improve Nursing Morale and Avoid Burnout
It’s clear that being and advocate automatically makes you a target, but does it make you un-hirable? Nurse K at Crass Pollination gives an interesting and valid perspective about the Amanda Trujillo case and advocacy. In her opinion, and likely many others, what Amanda has done by advocating for her patient, herself, and all nurses is tantamount to career suicide. She also discusses what happens when nurses within an organization speak up and the measures administration often go … [Read more...] about Nursing Management Hates a Squeaky Wheel
I’m ruined. Yep. My blogging career is over. Wordpress is going to corrupt my database. Studio press is going to take away my Genesis theme. ICANN is going to take away my domain name. The Nerdy Nurse will die a bitter death in the nursing blogosphere. (ps. that was total sarcasm, in case my tone didn’t leap of the page at you… sometimes I have to spell these things out. I’ve been told I can be perceived very differently than I intend. So now that we’re clear on that one at least…") HAH… … [Read more...] about You’ve Figured Me Out: I Blogged About Nurse Amanda Trujillo’s Cause for Personal Gain
With the new year we make many resolutions to improve our lives. As nurses, we have the unique ability to improve the lives of others on a daily basis. However, there are many nursing issues that we as face on a daily basis. We should be focusing attention on these areas to make the nursing profession and more desirable one to be a part of. We need to band together to ensure the best patient care possible. While I cannot guarantee that every nurse would agree with these goals, I would hope that … [Read more...] about 7 Resolutions for the Nursing Profession
A post over at ProBlogger, Act Like a Pro, clearly lays out something that was touched on in many of the sessions at Blog World Expo: Be confident in your area of expertise. You are an authority, so own it. Why I Started Blogging Forrest Gump said "Now, it used to be I ran to get where I was going. I never it thought it would take me anywhere." Blogging is to The Nerdy Nurse like Forest Gump it to Running. When I originally started my blog, I knew that it had potential to do things for … [Read more...] about Act Like a Pro: Owning Your Expertise Confidently
What is it like to be a woman in technology? I'll give you a hint: it has to do with being called a bossy know-it-all. Being an advocate requires a great amount of perseverance. While the rewards are numerous, and I can honestly say that the benefits outweigh the risks, it can be very challenging to maintain integrity and motivation to continue fighting the good fight. And you know what? It isn't just the women in technology that deal with this. Even male advocates experience this … [Read more...] about What It’s Like to Be One of the Women in Technology: Bossy Know-It-All
Received an email about a Free webinar for ANA members about lateral violence in nursing and steps to eliminate it. If you are a non-member it is $15. It is part of the Navigate Nursing: ANA Leadership Resources. I'll copy the contents of the email below for your convenience.It gives 1 CE our if you are in need of those credits! Navigating the Work Environment: Embracing Zero Tolerance for Bullying WEBINAR Navigating the Work Environment:Embracing Zero Tolerance for Bullying“Sticks … [Read more...] about Navigating the Work Environment: Embracing Zero Tolerance for Bullying, Webinar, Free for ANA Members
When I first started blogging I did so anonymously. Even after I came out of the nursing blog closest I was fearful to tell my coworkers about my blog. There is a lot of risk involved when you write about your work especially if someone already wants to put a bullseye on you. With so many healthcare providers on the fence about social media and the risks of liabilities associated with having an online presence, I wanted to take a some times to highlight some of the reasons why I don't run up … [Read more...] about 10 Reasons Why My Coworkers Don’t Read My Nursing Blog
The phenomena that is often laughed off in the nursing profession when nurses refer to it as how “Nurses Eat Their Young” is known by many other terms. These include: Bullying, Horizontal Violence, Lateral Violence, Hostile Work Environment, Harassment, Nurse to Nurse Violence, Horizontal Hostility, and likely many more that I have not directly stated. When you are victim experiencing lateral violence it is very easy to attempt to write the treatment you are receiving off a … [Read more...] about Nurses Eat Their Young : Resources for Lateral Violence