8 Ways to Celebrate “Freedom from Workplace Bullies” Week!

Did you know this week is “Freedom from Workplace Bullies” Week? Yes, yes, Houston, we know we have a problem.  In healthcare and in our society at large, maybe even our species!  I sometimes wonder if we are evolving (or at least trying to) out of a time of dominance and into a more co-creative, […]

How Bullying Language Can Be Disguised as an “I-Statement”

“I-statements can be tricky!  There are gray areas for using them such as with patients or children and they can be misused!  Recently, there was a very active Facebook (FB) discussion involving some inappropriate language and a conflict that was apparent.  (I’ll have more to say about that in a separate blogpost very soon).  In […]

‘No Innocent Bystanders’ is Important Online Too!

A recent article by Michael Accad, MD called “Were losing the war on error and here’s why” sparked some interesting discussion and what I would call some hostile comments.  I shared my perspective on the discussion as well as a comment about the hostile remarks.  A little while later there was a reply to my […]

The Ideal Help Wanted Ad for Nurses

I noticed an ad in Sunday’s newspaper for RNs that included a sign-on bonus of $5,000!  I remember when these were popular in the late 80s and 90s and suspect this is a sign that the economy is improving, but also one that nurses are leaving the bedside.  The former is good news, the latter […]

What’s Wrong with Our Healthcare System? A Glaring Example -In the News with Jim Murphy

In 2011 Bryan Stow was beaten by two fans at Dodger Stadium so badly that he was hospitalized for seven months and suffers from permanent severe disability.  It has been estimated that his future medical costs will be about $30 million. That fact alone speaks volumes about what is wrong with our healthcare system, as […]

The Sixth Characteristic of the Ideal Healthcare Organization: Trust, Teamwork and Cooperation

We’ve been having a series on the ten key attributes of the ideal healthcare organization.  The most recent, characteristic five, was on employee involvement. The sixth item on our list is that “there is trust, teamwork, and cooperation, with high morale, motivation and enthusiasm.”  That’s a pretty long list; and starting with trust is appropriate, […]