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Taming Disruptive Behavior

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Disruptive behavior can happen in any workplace, but when it hits healthcare organizations, it can have dramatic impacts on patient care. In this definitive book by two expert therapists who have studied all aspects of disruptive behavior, you will learn not only how to recognize it, but also how to manage chronic disruptive behavior instead of looking the other way.

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Are you dealing with behaviors such as these?

  • Unwillingness to adhere to company or practice policies
  • Constant tardiness, disorganization, inability to maintain a schedule
  • Unprofessional appearance or demeanor; poor bedside manner
  • Unwillingness to help out in a pinch or assume responsibility
  • Offensive humor
  • Sexual misconduct at work – sexual inuendo and sexual harassment
  • Clinical “laziness” – not interested in keeping up on advances in the field; stubborn, inflexible
  • Argumentative (always right, never wrong)
  • Complaining to patients, staff, physicians outside the group about colleagues and internal matters
  • Critical, derogatory, foul, or crude language use
  • Inappropriate expressions of anger, resentment, extreme negativity, moodiness, or irritability
  • Threats of violence or legal action directed at staff, partners, patients
  • Unethical, illegal, or unscrupulous behavior; lack of a sense of morality

No matter the situation you are facing in your healthcare setting, Taming Disruptive Behavior will provide you with a framework that clearly describes the problem and the solution:

  • How to distinguish between “unconventional” and truly disruptive behavior
  • What to do if you are perceived as disruptive Telltale signs of sexual misconduct in the workplace
  • Special considerations in dealing with nurses and members of the care team
  • What to do if a physician executive or board member is the problem
  • The role of human resources, the legal department, patient safety, quality management, risk management, and medical staff
  • When to get outside support and where to find help
  • Appendix: Programs for Disruptive Professionals included
  • About the Authors
  • Introduction
  • Preface to the First Printing
  • Chapter 1: What is disruptive behavior and how common is disruptive behavior?
  • Chapter 2: What are the impact, costs, and risks of disruptive behavior?
  • Chapter 3: How can you prevent disruptive behavior?
  • Chapter 4: How can you address disruptive behavior from a leadership and organizational perspective?
  • Chapter 5: What are the special considerations when working with physicians?
  • Chapter 6: What are the special considerations when dealing with nurses and other members of the care team?
  • Chapter 7: What are the special considerations when addressing disruptive behavior of board members and senior leaders?
  • Chapter 8: What are the special considerations when dealing with sexual misconduct at work?
  • Chapter 9: What is the role of human resources, the legal department, patient safety, quality management, risk management, and medical staff?
  • Chapter 10: What if I am perceived to be disruptive? Do you really mean me?
  • Appendix: How can I use Multi-Source Feedback in the management of individuals with disruptive behavior?
  • Programs for Disruptive Professionals


William Marty Martin

William "Marty" Martin, MA, MS, MPH, PsyD, CHES is a highly sought-after presenter, strategic planning facilitator, and coach in the United States and abroad. His topics range from managing physician performance to elements of teamwork. Martin currently serves as director and professor of the health sector management MBA program at DePaul University in Chicago. In this role, he launched three innovative programs: a dual MBA/MS degree with Rush University, a healthcare concentration in the MS in predictive analytics, and an MS in health informatics.

Martin has authored more than 100 refereed articles in journals ranging from the Journal of Health Care Finance to the International Journal of Computer Science and Technology. His scholarly and consulting work has been featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and USA Today. He has also written two books: The Inner World of Money: Taking Control of Your Financial Decisions and Behaviors (2012) and Taming Disruptive Behavior, published by the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL), which he co-authored with Philip Hemphill. His third book, Conquer Needle Phobia: Simple Ways to Reduce Your Anxiety and Fear, will be released in 2021.

Before joining the DePaul faculty, Martin practiced clinical psychology in primary healthcare settings. He continues to practice behavioral sleep medicine as a licensed clinical psychologist. He also has served in key leadership positions at DePaul, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Tulane University Hospital and Clinics. His coaching practice focuses on career transitions for physician leaders, productivity enhancement for physician leaders, and startup advising for physician leaders. He draws on his expertise in senior HR leadership positions and his knowledge of sports and performance psychology. He was recently selected as a Coleman Entrepreneurship faculty fellow to continue his work on healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship.

Philip Hemphill

Dr. Philip Hemphill, PhD, LCSW is a thought leader in the behavioral health and addictive service industry. As a full-time professor of practice in the Tulane School of Social Work, he teaches and supervises the next generation of professional social workers. He writes and publishes academic research and is currently completing his second book, The Integrated Care Shift: Addiction Treatment and Beyond with Routledge Press, which will be released in 2021. His first book, which he co-authored with Marty Martin, is Taming Disruptive Behavior, published by the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) Currently, he is the chief clinical officer of BasePoint Health Management.

From 2015 to 2018, Hemphill served as the chief clinical officer of a premier addiction treatment facility where he was responsible for planning, organizing, implementing, and directing all the company’s behavioral health and addictive services. Prior to that (2003–2015), Hemphill was a consultant and the director of the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) at Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services, where he was responsible for the management and clinical supervision of professional patients in an intensive outpatient/residential setting, During those 12 years, Hemphill moved throughout the system of care as consultant, manager, leadership coach, and strategic planner. He developed and executed program deliverables such as program design, 360 degree monitoring, professional evaluation, fitness for duty recommendations, staff training and supervision, vocational and professional reintegration, workplace monitoring, staff development, coaching, and administrative management of the program.

He is an assistant clinical lecturer at LSU Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry, and has held faculty appointments at Jacksonville University and Loyola University. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Tulane University.

Author:William "Marty" Martin, PsyD and Phillip Hemphill, PhD
Pages:126 Pages

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