Bartholomew's message reaches San Luis Valley nursing professionals

(05-21-2008)

Kathleen Bartholomew spoke to a full room, at Adams State College on April 22, about issues in the work-place for nursing professionals. Her book, "Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility: Why Nurses Eat Their Young," was the resource for her presentation. Bartholomew is a nationally known speaker who encourages open communication and ending hostility in the workplace, especially for the nursing profession.

The event is cosponsored by the Adams State College Nursing Program, the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center, the San Luis Valley Health Education Center, and the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, and was made possible through a grant from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

At the end of her presentation, Bartholomew, used water as an example for how nurses can treat each other, "We can lift each other up, or drag each other down," she said. Bartholomew is a registered nurse and has a master's in nursing. "This is an emotional issue," she said. "We can't pretend we are perfect anymore. We must rise above and see what we can do."

Elizabeth Espinoza works with on the third floor of the SLVRMC, she said Bartholomew presented a lot of information and "everything was useful." Lois Boothe, executive director of Hospice del Valle, said Bartholomew was "wonderful." Boothe said, in her 46 years of nursing, she experienced many of the issues Bartholomew addressed. "Her advice was absolutely practical."

Sammy Martinez is the lead nurse in the emergency room of the SLVRMC. He said he appreciated the tips she suggested to encourage open communication among coworkers.

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By Linda Relyea