In recent years, there has been growing awareness of the need for interprofessional cooperation in healthcare. Countless studies have shown that genuine teamwork and team intelligence are critical to patient safety. Poor communication among health care personnel is a major factor in hospital errors, even more so than the level of staff competence and experience. This is why many schools for health professionals and major health care employers now promote interprofessional education and cooperation.
Bedside Manners is a play about workplace relations among physicians, nurses, others who work in health care, and patientsand how their interaction affects the quality of patient care, for better or worse. The accompanying workbook helps educators, managers, patient safety advocates, administrators, and union representatives to analyze and discuss the issues raised in the play. When presented in hospitals, universities, and health care conferences all over the United States, Bedside Manners invariably sparks a vibrant conversation about patient safety problems and how to solve them, job satisfaction and stress, and the importance of information sharing and mutual respect. As text or script, this play is a unique teaching tool for medical and nursing schools, and other health professional schools and continuing education programs involving health care clinicians and staff of all kinds.
About the Author
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 Foundation–funded Nurse Manager in Action Program. She is the author of Nursing against the Odds and The Battle for Veterans' Healthcare; coauthor of From Silence to Voice, Life Support, Safety in Numbers, Beyond the Checklist, and Bedside Manners; editor of When Chicken Soup Isn't Enough; and coeditor of The Complexities of Care, First, Do Less Harm, and Collaborative Caring, all from Cornell.
Lisa Hayes is an actor, playwright, director, and educator. She has written the plays From the Mountains of Mourne to the Mines of Montana, The Sad Sacks are Back, and The Trailer Park Diaries.
Scott Reeves is Director of the Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Healthcare Education at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the editor-in-chief of Journal of Interprofessional Care.
Lucian L. Leape, MD, is an Adjunct Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Table of Contents
Foreword, by Lucian L. Leape, MD
Introduction, by Suzanne Gordon
Part 1. Bedside Manners: The Play, by Suzanne Gordon and Lisa Hayes
Cast of Characters
About the Staging
List of Scenes with Characters
Introducing the Performance
Part 2. Bedside Manners: The Workbook, by Suzanne Gordon and Scott Reeves
Introduction to the Workbook
Producing the Play
Actor's and Director's Tool Kit
The Play as Interprofessional Curriculum
About the Authors