Be excellent to each other


As you may remember, Keith and I had the amazing oportunity to spend some time with Linda Leekley, RN and Stacey Turnure, RN of Embracing Civility on RN.FM Radio. If you haven’t listened to the show yet, you might want to bump this one up on your priority list.

I was moved to write a post over at Innovative Nurse based on a question asked at the Nursing Network group: “What is the most stressful thing about being a nurse?” The initial answer to myself was very different than how other nurses responded, however I never intended to believe that I was immune to what they were discussing. A few of the responses indicated that nurses were having issues with co-workers and management, basically a not-so-healthy work environment. Linda chimed in on the discussion and it just made me think back about our conversation on the show that night.

You can check out the entire post at Innovative Nurse, and you can also participate in the discussion at the Nursing Network.

After reading through the thread at Nursing Network I was reminded again about what my fellow nursing professional experiences when it comes to their own toxic work environment. I realize that this isn’t the case for everyone, but it really shouldn’t be the case for anyone. So what advice can you possible receive from the guy who skips to work everyday? Well before you judge, remember, you have a choice. I’ve been in those work environments and I’ve even experienced it in the non-clinical arena before I was a nurse. The thing is though, I’ve either been able to positively affect change in that environment, or if I realized it wasn’t sustainable then I made a decision for my own health to pursue a change in venue.

Even though I’m an entrepreneur it doesn’t mean that I don’t have any exposure to toxic situations. I do recognize however that I might have an easier out than most, although I need to reiterate that you too have a choice. I keep the bar pretty high around here when it comes to how we treat each other. Whether I’m the manager or if it’s a client relationship with an organization we contract with, I still consider you a colleague and you will be treated with respect. Nothing less.

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, courtesy of De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG), De Laurentiis Film Partners, Interscope Communications

As silly as the movie may have been, Bill and Ted had a great point. “Be excellent to each other.”