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From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public [NOOK Book]

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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, ...

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

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Overview

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.

"...explores the cultural practices that have maintained nursing's low visibility and relative silences...presents a step-by-step guide that every nurse can use in her/his daily works to reach out to the media and the public."

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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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801467363
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 5/3/2013
  • Series: Culture and Politics of Health Care Work
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 332,572
  • File size: 4 MB

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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Table of Contents

Section I:     Silent No More

Chapter 1:      Ending the Silence
Chapter 2:     Creating a Voice of Agency
Chapter 3:     Presenting Yourself as a Nurse
Chapter 4:     Tell the World What you Do

Section II:     Communicating with the Media and the Public

Chapter 5:     How the News Media Work
Chapter 6:     Reaching out to the News Media
Chapter 7:     Working with Public Relations Professionals
Chapter 8:     Constructing Campaigns that Work
Chapter 9:     In Your Own Voice: Writing Letters to the Editor and Op-eds
Chapter 10:     Appearing on Television and Radio
Chapter 11:     Promoting Nursing Research
Chapter 12:     The Constructive "Collision of Publicity"
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    A must-read

    A must read for every nurse. Transformed my thought process.

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  • Posted October 11, 2009

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    Interesting book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    amazing!

    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!

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