Leading by Example in a Negative Work Culture

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For those nurses who want to rise above such negativity and try to change the behaviour of their grumpier colleagues in order to alter the unhealthy culture in which they find themselves, leading by example is one of the most powerful ways to do so.

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There’s a saying that you can lead others by being the change you want to see in the world, and this could not be more accurate for nurses and the nursing profession. In nursing, stress and hard work are two of the common denominators of many nurses’ lives. Long hours, difficult patients and too little time for self-care are all reasons why nurses may become disheartened, burned out or resentful of both their patients and their colleagues. When burnout and unhappiness rear their ugly heads, there soon follow complaining, bickering, gossip, bullying and other 'deadly sins' of the nursing work environment.


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Keith Carlson
Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, speaker, author, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. Keith’s two podcasts, RNFM Radio and The Nurse Keith Show, offer inspiration and practical support to nurses seeking to create meaningful, satisfying lives and careers. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on many social media platforms---including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram - as well as at and Digital Doorway.
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Leanne Toscano
27 Jul 2022
Dianne Paddock
09 Nov 2021
Clear and concise
Colleen Williams
03 May 2022
Registered Nurse
Interesting concept.
Cecilia Lindberg
01 Jul 2021
I liked this because it gives you a positive attitude toward the workplace mentality
Jayne Maddick
17 Mar 2023
Registered Nurse
Good have more detail and a video
Deborah Watters
07 Sep 2022
Enrolled Nurse
Good article with a couple of great ideas for responses when you may encounter this behaviour in the workplace.
Joanne Earley
06 Jun 2020
This was a quick overview of negativity in the workplace and strategies that can be considered to address this with positivity
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