Interview Renee Thompson #nurse bullying expert |The Change of Shift Podcast recap Ep 12

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We had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Dr. Renee Thompson,  a true champion for nurses. Renee has become one of our country’s leading authorities on nurse bullying, clinical and professional competence, and nursing culture. She’s a Nurse author, key note speaker, anti-bullying advocate, and all around believer in good humans.
Renee is somewhat an expert on lateral violence among the Nursing profession. We chatted with her about her journey, her career, her blog and her company RTConnections. She shared an amazing amount of information during our interview. Including how she was once the victim of bullying, the types of bullying out there, and steps to address bullying and more.

Be sure to connect with Renee:


  • started 2010
  • has received numerous blog awards

  • speaking engagements – keynote speaker
  • live seminars
  • consulting
  • anti-bullying programs and resources
  • interviews
  • books, ebook and toolkits“Do No Harm” Applies To Nurses Too! Strategies to Protect and Bully-proof Yourself at Work

Our interview questions:

  1. Tell us about your Nursing background (25years).
  2. Why Nursing? Why did you become a Nurse and what’s the secret to keeping the passion for our profession.
  3. You are the bullying expert. Tells us about bullying – are we referring to lateral violence? passive aggressive behavior? Nurses eating their young. Is it all the same? Is it all treated the same?
  4. Where did the passion for educating the public on bullying and lateral violence come from? A personal or professional experience? Have/had you been bullied?
  5. What is the most important element you want to convey about bullying to the new nurse? To the seasoned nurse?

Here are the highlights of our time with Dr. Thompson:

  • Her company was born from a personal experience. She was once the victim of bullying while she was a member of the management team.
  • We need to teach managers how to deal with employee toxic behavior.
  • Bullying is an umbrella term that includes lateral violence and passive aggressive behavior. There is two types of bullying: overt and covert.
  • Discussed steps to address bullying in the workplace.
  • Do bullies KNOW they are bullying?
  • What if management is the bully?
  • Pearls of wisdom for new and seasoned nurses concerning nurse bullying.


We’d like to thank Renee for taking time out of her busy schedule to talk with us and share her knowledge with our listeners.

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Until next time, remember to always check your own pulse first!

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11 thoughts on “Interview Renee Thompson #nurse bullying expert |The Change of Shift Podcast recap Ep 12

  1. OK, I had to pause and say this about catching the professional bully. Isn’t it passive aggressive to get our coworkers together and “build a case” to get rid of someone deemed a bully? How about actually have a dialogue with that person. Maybe that person behaves a certain way because of a turbulent life outside the hospital or stressors that person has no control over outside of work, but at work the person is the queen bee.

    I think it is the mature thing to do to call the person out on their behavior and make it known that you aren’t going to tolerate it. But to covertly put together a dossier in order to ruin a persons career sounds to me like two wrongs trying to equal a right. Just saying.


    1. We have to keep in mind, Renee referred to a “repeated” behavior. And the ‘build’ the case is having proof that it is/was occurring more than once and with more than one person.
      That’s not building a case (poor choice of words I will admit) it’s defending your position.

      And no one ever said they were out to ruin anyone’s career.


      1. I agree but the “repeated” theme did not start till after I commented and continued to listen. Where I used to work “building a case” was synonymous with trying to get someone fired.


  2. Maybe the “bully” could benefit from some compassion and help. It could be that the “bully” grew up in a messed up environment and has not clue what normal and appropriate is. If he or she had parents that treated each other that way then the is the only “normal” the “bully” knows. My parents dynamics were far from normal, but is the only normal I ever knew until I became an adult and married someone who came from a normal healthy family who treat each other with respect.


    1. Once again… “repeated” behavior. And regardless of one’s past, it does not excuse intolerable unprofessional relationships. Mutual respect has to be a two way street regardless of how/where I grew up.

      But I agree, compassion should be the default response…


    1. Sadly, I can’t think of an instance where two men would do that at work. (We briefly discussed this already)

      Physical violence is not a solution regardless of how “good” it feels in the moment.


  3. I guess I should listen to the whole show before I comment. LOL But hey that is how I roll. I have to admit that I see this in a somewhat different light as I got past the half way point in the podcast. I know that I’m I might be placing a curse on myself by saying this but it is a sl*w night at work here tonight. LOL.


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