Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #5

#5 Master conflict management skills. Whenever there are two or more people in the same place, conflict is bound to happen. And while most of us would prefer to avoid conflict, it has to be dealt with. Otherwise, bad feelings fester and get blown out of proportion. (Tip #6 will be posted tomorrow)  



Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #4

#4 Make self-care a priority. It’s hard to be a decent human being when you’re stressed, sleep deprived, and abusing food, alcohol, or other substances. Get enough sleep, use journaling for venting and self-reflection, keep up with routine medical care, and partake in diversionary activities such as dabbling in the arts, taking a nature walk, or… [Continue..]



Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #3

#3 Don’t criticize, complain, or gossip lest you will be the recipient of same. Windsor Regional Hospital in Canada has embraced an anti-negativity, anti-complaining campaign. Nurses wear purple rubber bracelets to remind them about the campaign. Within a few days of launching the program, morale improved, tension eased, and the staff felt more united. Even those… [Continue..]



Fostering Horizontal Respect ——- Tip #2

#2 Clean your own house. Step back and take a look at your life and work. What steps do you need to take to get out of your rut or to feel more confident and happy? Perhaps you need to go back to school, get active in a professional association, switch specialties, or even change… [Continue..]



Foster Horizontal Respect

If you’ve been in nursing a while, you may have heard the expression “horizontal hostility.” This term is used to describe the workplace phenomenon of coworkers in high stress jobs taking out their frustrations on each other with abuse, nastiness, and indifference. The subject has been researched, written about, reported on, and discussed at length.… [Continue..]



Best Nurse Inspiration Blog

Wilkes University School of Nursing has put together a Top 10 Nursing Blog guide on some of the best nursing blogs out there! Recently, my Motivation Café blog was recognized on that list for the BEST NURSE INSPIRATION BLOG. Thank you Wilkes University for the recognition and a very special thank you to all my readers… [Continue..]



Happy Nurses Week 2016!

This week, as we celebrate Nurses Week 2016 around the world, it’s a good time to reflect on the vital, yet often hidden, role that nurses play in our world. Most people are familiar with the work nurses do in hospitals and medical offices but may not know about the many other ways and places that nurses… [Continue..]



What Nurses Do

This week, as we celebrate Nurses Week around the world, it’s a good time to reflect on the vital, yet often hidden, role that nurses play in our world. Most people are familiar with the work nurses do in hospitals and medical offices but may not know about the many other ways and places that nurses are… [Continue..]



Celebrate National Nurses Week…and Nurses!

As we celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6-12), it’s a good time to talk about the expanding role that nurses play and will play in the future as health care evolves to meet the changing demographics and health-care needs of the population. While many people think of nurses as “assistants” to the physician, we are… [Continue..]