March 12, 2015 | | Comments 2
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Improving the image of nursing

Every nurse can play a part in elevating the public perception of the nursing profession. The table below shows you how email, evidence-based research, reasonable work schedules, a diverse workforce, preceptorships, interprofessional communication skills, and name tags can promote the professional image of nursing. This table was adapted from the HCPro book, The Image of Nursing, by Shelley Cohen, RN, MS, CEN and Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN.

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Filed Under: Hot topicsImage of nursingInterprofessional issuesLeadershipnurse-physician communicationNursing documentationNursing professional standardsPatient outcomesPreceptor program

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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. Improve the image of nursing in all these areas and start at the bedside! When a nurse sees a physician order repeated blood tests, speak up; when a nurse sees a physician order a procedure contrary to the patients/family wishes, speak up; when a nurse sees a patient at bedrest for no apparent clinical reason, speak up; and when a nurse realizes a foley has been inserted for convenience sake only, speak up. Its time nursing returned to its advocacy role.

  2. Thanks, Stefani. What do you see as the reason some people have a difficult time speaking up?

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