As an international speaker and consultant, Dr. Renee Thompson tackles the clinical and professional challenges facing healthcare leaders today. With 26 years as a clinical nurse, nurse educator, and nurse executive, Dr. Thompson is an expert on workplace bullying, professional development, and clinical competence.
Renee is the CEO and President of RTConnections, LLC and has been repeatedly published, interviewed, and awarded for her work to educate, connect, and inspire current and future nurses. Renee is the author of several books, including “Do No Harm” Applies to Nurses Too!, and Celebrating Nursing: Human by Birth – Hero by Choice.
Renee received the Nursing Excellence award as a nurse entrepreneur to honor her work to eliminate workplace bullying, received the first Outstanding Nursing Alumni for Excellence in Leadership Award from CCAC and Distinguished Alumni, and was a finalist in the Healthcare Heroes Awards as a Healthcare Provider in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Her blog, RTConnections, has won numerous awards as a Top Nursing Blog “must-read” by the online nursing community.
Renee has a Masters degree in Nursing Education and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Pittsburgh. To stay connected with nurses, Renee continues to practice as a bedside nurse.
Nurses around the country are saying…
“Your session was the best of the whole convention! They saved the best for last! I have been feeling so tired and unappreciated at work, and it has really affected my attitude and job performance. I feel so much better about life and work, and I think I will make it! What you do is wonderful, and I wish you lived next door! It’s contagious and I hope I can go back to work, and help others who feel the way I have been. You are amazing and beautiful, and the best motivational speaker I have ever listened to!”
-Jamie McElroy, RN, CMSN, CRRN
“I had the extreme honor of attending one of Renee Thompson’s workshops. I found if not only informative but enjoyable as well. Quality and excellence characterize her work. Renee is bright and engaging as well as entertaining. In addition, she expresses herself extremely well. I thought her entire presentation was excellent and requested that she do an all-day workshop with our nursing faculty. She has done that workshop and the faculty comments were excellent. Great find!”
-Mary Ann Merrigan, PhD, RN, Associate Dean and Chairperson, Wilkes University School of Nursing
“Renee’s bully-proofing seminar was amazing! I learned so many strategies that I can use to address bullying behavior in my work environment. Renee is so energetic and positive! I loved her interaction with the audience. A must see for anyone dealing with bullying.”
-Natalia Ospina, BSN, RN / Washington Hospital Center
“This class validated what I value as a nurse leader – attitude vs. aptitude is what will help us survive in our profession!”
-Gemma Rama Banaag, RN, MSN, MBA, Chief Nursing Officer
“Robert Morris University is known for the quality of its educational programs. Renee Thompson of RTConnections has the same commitment to quality and we are delighted to partner together to provide valuable continuing education for nursing professionals.”
-Lynn George, PhD, RN, CNE Associate Dean and Professor, School of Nursing and Health Sciences / Robert Morris University
“You rocked in Richmond! I always worry that the speaker is going to be dull and boring, but not you. Full of energy, and the stories were great. You have renewed my interest in learning and reviewing things that I thought I knew. Thank you!”
-Lara Millikin, Professional Staff Nurse / AMSN Certification Review Course
“Renee is a motivating, energetic, passionate and knowledgeable speaker. Renee presented on the topic of “Creating a Culture of Civility and Respect: Inside and Outside of the Classroom”, to our nursing and allied health educators. She took the time to familiarize herself with the culture of our school and our specific challenges. Her presentation was interactive, uplifting, informative and relevant to our practice. Renee is a true professional and advocate for nursing. I would highly recommend Renee, her passion for nursing and for education is contagious!”
-Beth Briglia MSN,RN,ONC / Clinical Supervisor Stone Academy Practical Nurse Program