March 17, 2015 | | Comments 1
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The Image of Nursing: Speak Up!

In a comment on one of my posts last week, Stefani suggested (strongly) that to improve the image of nursing, we need to speak up. I’m reposting her comment below to draw your attention to it.

I’d like to hear your thoughts about why nurses might not speak up when, by staying silent (out of fear?), their personal self-esteem takes a hit and—more importantly—care standards aren’t maintained. Have you developed techniques that help you overcome fear of confrontation so that you can truly speak up?

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Here are a few resources related to speaking up:

  1.  A terrific article from Susan Gaddis, PhD: Positive, Assertive “Pushback” for Nurses
  2.  A table you will be able to download from our reading room in a few days: Say This, Not That: An Empowerment Glossary for Nurses. Look for it on or before 3/19/15.
  3.  Books written by Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, including Speak Your Truth and Team-Building Handbook: Improving Nurse-Physician Communications.

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Filed Under: Healthcare communicationHot topicsImage of nursingInterprofessional issuesLeadershipnurse-physician communicationNursing professional standardsPatient outcomesQuality of care


About the Author: Claudette Moore is an acquisitions editor at HCPro, focusing primarily on nursing topics. She is always looking for new books that will create a better workplace for nurses and their managers, so contact her if you would like to publish with HCPro.

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  1. I whole heartedly agree that nurses should speak up and return to the role of advocating for the patient and family. As a result of nurses not speaking up, we now have nurses working in roles as clinical documentation improvement specialist who’s sole role is to query Physicians when there are gaps in MD documentation of diagnoses. This was not an issue when nurses spoke up using clinical knowledge and insight to be as proactive as possible in addressing the needs of the patient. Now we have all types of quality issues that organizations are attempting to address via a query when nurses are or should be there discussing and advocating for quality care.

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