From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public

From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public

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by Bernice Buresh, Suzanne Gordon
     
 

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To get the resources and respect they need, nurses have long had to be advocates for themselves and their profession, not just for their patients. For a decade, From Silence to Voice has provided nurses with the tools they need to explain the breath and complexity of nursing work. Bernice Buresh and Suzanne Gordon have helped nurses around the world speak

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To get the resources and respect they need, nurses have long had to be advocates for themselves and their profession, not just for their patients. For a decade, From Silence to Voice has provided nurses with the tools they need to explain the breath and complexity of nursing work. Bernice Buresh and Suzanne Gordon have helped nurses around the world speak up and convey to the public that nursing is more than dedication and caring-it demands specialized knowledge, expertise across a range of medical technologies, and decision-making about life-and-death issues. "Nurses and nursing organizations," they write, "must go out and tell the public what nurses really do so that patients can actually get the benefit of their expert care."

The comprehensively revised and updated third edition of From Silence to Voice will help nurses construct messages using a range of traditional and new social media that accurately describe the true nature of their work. Because nurses are busy, the communication techniques in this book are designed to integrate naturally into nurses' everyday lives and to complement nurses' work with patients and families.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The book is written by two journalists who have taken on the nursing profession more or less the way we take on patients with a life-threatening condition that is curable but requires both intensive and long-term care. The diagnosis, according to Buresh and Gordon, is silence. By being silent, we miss the opportunity to show ourselves as consequential in the delivery of healthcare. The remedy for silence, according to the authors, is voice—our voices raised in conversation first and foremost with our families, friends, and patients, and also with the general public."—Nursing Spectrum (reviewing a previous edition)

"This is an invaluable book for all nurses, especially those who are proud of being nurses and who have always wanted to make others understand our passion."—Nursing Standard (reviewing a previous edition)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801467363
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
05/03/2013
Series:
Culture and Politics of Health Care Work
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
644,113
File size:
3 MB

What People are saying about this

Joan Lynaugh
This is a unique book—one that every practicing nurse will want to read now and every person aspiring to become a nurse MUST read to understand nursing. These well-known journalists share their deep, rich experience about how the world of media, public influence and debate really works. But most of all, this is a book of ideas; refreshingly fresh ideas which I guarantee you will read from front to back. From Silence to Voice makes you take a long, hard look at our wonderful profession and offers some potent suggestions for our future.
—(Joan Lynaugh, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor Emeritus and Term Chair, History of Nursing and Health Care, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing)

Meet the Author

Bernice Buresh writes and lectures on health care, nursing, and the media. She has been a reporter for the Milwaukee Sentinel, a correspondent and bureau chief for Newsweek, a professor of journalism at Boston University, and an adjunct professor of American Studies at Brandeis University.

Suzanne Gordon is Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and was program leader of the Robert Wood Johnson-funded Nurse Manager in Action Program. She is the author of Life Support and Nursing against the Odds, coauthor of Beyond the Checklist, From Silence to Voice, and Safety in Numbers, editor of When Chicken Soup Isn't Enough, and coeditor of First, Do Less Harm and The Complexities of Care, all from Cornell.

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From Silence to Voice 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
John_H1 More than 1 year ago
Not only does the book guide nurses on how to spread their value to all professions, it is the very foundation of self care that could reflect the basis of advanced care of the clients they are entrusted with. This is truly the banner for all grades of nursing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for every nurse. Transformed my thought process.
galeAG More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book (it's worth the money!). The book presents the nursing profession in a new light. Good to read - especially for nursing students.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book should be read by every nursing student as part of the curriculum. I think it does of great job of explaining the why's and how's of nursing as a profession. A great read!