Managing Professional Relationships

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As humans, we’re innately collaborative and community-minded. Granted, some of us greatly prefer solitude, but there are still times we need other people, even if we’re introverted. There are simply things we can’t do successfully in life without the support, input, or encouragement of others.

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Relationships are crucial to the development of your nursing career for a wide variety of reasons. Whether it’s seeking a new position, requesting a reference, learning new skills, or developing camaraderie with your colleagues and supervisors: relationships are central to your life as a nursing professional.


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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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Desiree Green
10 Dec 2019
This reading highlighted the importance of different relationships at work because having good relationships with your clinincal and non clinical colleagues optimises your nursing career.
Jen McCarthy
17 Nov 2019
Well documented review for successful work ethics and relationships with staff
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cong wang
20 Nov 2019
Mohammad Ullah
23 Nov 2021
good for maintain professional safety
Marin Rajaratnam
02 Jan 2023
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Rosemary Cusbert
02 Oct 2022
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Tanya Daly
16 Nov 2019
Very helpful and beneficial in terms of collaboration and valuing all staff as equals. Unfortunately I feel this article will resonate more with people already of like mind, as it will be natural practice for them to behave in this way. However, I hope that it is an opportunity for many to reflect on self behaviours and perhaps embrace a new and more collegiate approach to professional relationships.
Christine Fitzpatrick
24 Nov 2019
An excellent reinforcement of the importance of maintaining healthy relationships with colleagues
Susan Blashki
02 Nov 2023
Good article with helpful and relevant information.
Meryl Elliman
10 May 2020
simple but effective
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