Recognize that every opinion is valuable
Express and receive feedback without making it personal
Stop collusion, direct the issue back to the owner
Practice authentic listening
Encourage discussion of ideas and issues, not people
Celebrate each other's successes
Treat others as they wish to be treated
The groundwork for the KU School of Nursing RESPECT Initiative was laid in the fall of 2010 with a nursing continuing education program addressing civility issues in the academic work place. This program was requested by faculty and financially supported by the Dean of the School.
Evaluations from the programs were very positive. The presenter provided rationale, strategies, suggestions and a roadmap to further develop and implement processes for creating our desired future as it relates to promoting a positive work environment.
The preliminary step suggested was the initiation of continued dialog for the purpose of developing a code of conduct for faculty, students and staff, integrating actions and language into syllabi and the operational fabric of the School that provide clear expectations about professional conduct.
To this end, the Positive Work Environment for All (PWEFA) Work Group, comprised of eight KU School of Nursing faculty and staff members, convened periodically from fall 2010 through spring 2012 in effort to establish a course for the school. The RESPECT Initiative was developed from these discussions and vetted through the faculty assembly and various leadership groups in our school. As faculty, students and staff, we strive to incorporate these guidelines into our interactions with others, regardless of medium.
Use of and/or reference to the RESPECT graphic and guidelines should include one of the citations below:
APA (6th Ed.)
University of Kansas School of Nursing. (2012). RESPECT initiative.
Retrieved from http://nursing.kumc.edu/respect
AMA (10th Ed.)
University of Kansas School of Nursing. RESPECT Initiative Web site. http://nursing.kumc.edu/respect Accessed <Month, Year>.
Incoming School of Nursing students receive these new "badge buddies" at orientation. Made from lightweight plastic, these RESPECT pieces will fit nicely with your KU identification badge.