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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For more than a decade, From Silence to Voice has been providing nurses with communication tools they can use to win the resources and respect they deserve. Now, in a timely third edition, authors Bernice Buresh and Suzanne Gordon focus on how nurses can describe and frame their work to seize unprecedented opportunities to advance their profession and lead

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For more than a decade, From Silence to Voice has been providing nurses with communication tools they can use to win the resources and respect they deserve. Now, in a timely third edition, authors Bernice Buresh and Suzanne Gordon focus on how nurses can describe and frame their work to seize unprecedented opportunities to advance their profession and lead improvements in health care systems.

The authors, both journalists, argue that because nursing needs the support and cooperation of others to fulfill its potential, it is critical that nurses communicate the full scope of nursing practice. Nurses must go beyond describing nursing in terms of dedication and caring and articulate nurses' specialized knowledge and expertise.

From Silence to Voice helps nurses explain their contributions to patient safety, satisfaction, and outcomes. It shows how nurses can communicate with various publics about important aspects of their work, such as how they master and employ complex medical technologies and regimens, and how they use their clinical judgment in life-and-death situations. "Nurses and nursing organizations," the authors write, “must go out and tell the public what nurses really do so that patients can actually get the benefit of their expert care.”

This comprehensively revised and updated third edition helps nurses use a range of traditional and social media to accurately describe the true nature of their work. Its analyses of images that are projected by nursing campaigns and its detailed guidance in helping nurses construct positive and powerful narratives of their work make From Silence to Voice a must-read in nursing schools and organizations and by individual nurses in all areas of the profession. Because nurses are busy, many of the communication techniques in this book are designed to integrate naturally into nurses’ everyday lives and to complement nurses’ work with patients and families.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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:
9780801478734
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Series:
The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work Series
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
517,029
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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 coeditor of the Cornell University Press series, The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work, and was program leader of the Robert Wood Johnson-funded Nurse Manager in Action Program.

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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!