This Course explores the nature of unhelpful staff behaviour as it occurs in the healthcare setting, and examines why this behaviour may arise. Strategies for the nurse or midwife manager to effectively deal with unhelpful behaviour are also identified.
23 May 2016
Assoc. Professor Andrew Crowther is Associate Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at CSU. He is also Acting Postgraduate Program Leader. Andrew qualified ingeneral and psychiatric nursing in the (UK). His postgraduate studies include policy and social change and historical aspects of mental hospital management. Andrew has wide experience in clinical nursing, nurse management, and education. He is the author of a book for nurse managers as well as several texts and book chapters on a variety of topics.
All health professionals, particularly those in leadership and management positions.
Identify the factors that contribute to unhelpful staff behaviour and effectively address it in order to create a harmonious, productive and positive workplace environment.
High levels of stress amongst healthcare workers can occur for many reasons; unsociable work hours as well as the emotionally, physically and psychologically demanding nature of the clinical care environment can all produce unhelpful staff behaviour. The consequences of such behaviour may be an increase in staff turnover, decreased staff morale, decreased job satisfaction and can pose problems to patient safety. However, if managers are appropriately educated about these consequences, and their potential impact on quality and safety, unhelpful staff behaviour can be recognised and strategies put in place to address it.
Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.