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..]