On episode 321 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interviews Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, a nationally acclaimed nurse speaker, author, influencer, and expert on the culture of healthcare. Keith and Kathleen discuss internalized oppression, unequal power dynamics, and collective learned helplessness in the contact of 21st-century healthcare.

Before turning to healthcare as a career in 1994, Kathleen Bartholomew held positions in marketing, business, communications, and teaching.  It was these experiences that allowed her to look at the culture of healthcare from a unique perspective and speak poignantly to the issues affecting providers and the challenges facing health care organizations today.

Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN has been a national speaker for the past 18 years and is considered an expert on the culture of healthcare. For her Master’s thesis, she authored “Speak Your Truth: Proven Strategies for Effective Nurse-Physician Communication”.  From the bedside to the boardroom Kathleen applies research to practice with humor and an ethical call to excellence that ignites and inspires health caregivers and leaders to unprecedented levels of excellence.

In December of 2005, Kathleen resigned her position as manager of a 57-bed orthopedic and spine unit in order to write, “Ending Nurse to Nurse Hostility” (2006) which offered the first comprehensive and compassionate look at the etiology, impact, and solutions of horizontal violence on patients as well as the profession of Nursing. This book is recommended by the ANA.

Kathleen’s passion for creating healthy work environments is infectious. As a guest Op-Ed writer for The Seattle Times, Kathleen is an outspoken consumer advocate; and as a guest on NPR’s “The People’s Pharmacy” she calls for rapid improvement in hospital safety. As a health care culture expert, Kathleen speaks internationally to hospital boards, the military, senior leadership, and staff about patient safety, communication, leadership and power.  Her latest book, “The Dauntless Nurse”, has been adopted by many instructors to teach vital communication skills (co-authored with Martha Griffin and Arna Robins).


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Nurse KeithIn case you didn’t already know, Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, keynote and motivational speaker, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. From 2012 until its sunset in 2017, Keith co-hosted RNFMRadio, a groundbreaking nursing podcast. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram—as well as at NurseKeith.com.
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