Dealing with Draining Colleagues: How to Protect Yourself from the Staff #yournextshiftThe other day I was walking through the hospital and realized just how many people are there! No really, I always ‘knew’ in my mental mind about how many patients, families, and staff walk through a hospital on a daily basis. I just was in awe of the awareness I had on the sheer number of people around me.

This can happen in life, as well as at work. There are people around you all of the time. Some of them upbeat, cheery and quite fun while others… Others, not so much. They complain. They whine and moan to you about their problems. Are they even present to listen to you when it’s your time to talk? (A whole separate issue, I am sure)

But a nursing career and healthcare workplace is no different. The break room can be a breeding ground for these toxic relationships. I know I have seen and heard it all in terms of negative commentary, down-right rude gossip, and everything in between. OK- and maybe I’ve participated in the past… but not anymore.

No this nurse has done a lot… I mean a TON… of inner work to shift perspectives in the workplace. But as I walked through those busy halls the other day, it occurred to me that not everyone I encounter may be on board with this positive mindset. So how do we do it? How do we stay upbeat, energized, and focused on what we love about nursing admidst the dreariness of it all? How do we come to work enthusiastic and ready to go when our team is less than that?

Here’s a video blog today for dealing with difficult co-workers. And this is part one of a 3-part video series. Enjoy!

I’d love to hear from you! What tips do you have for staying positive in the workplace? What can you add to the suggested techniques in this video blog? Leave a comment below and thanks for watching.

Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA, RNAbout the Author: As a speaker, workshop facilitator, and Reiki Master, Elizabeth partners with hospitals, organizations, associations, and nursing groups to help transform the field of nursing from the inside out. As the host of the Your Next Shift Workshop, Elizabeth guides nurses and nursing students to a change in perspective, helping them make the inner shift needed to better maneuver the sometimes challenging realities of being a caregiver.

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