From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public, Second Edition / Edition 2

From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Bernice Buresh
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From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public, Second Edition / Edition 2

As nurses face the ongoing challenges of an increasing need for their services combined with economic pressures, members of the largest profession in health care must become more visible, vocal, and influential. The first communication guidebook designed expressly for nurses, From Silence to Voice helps nurses understand and overcome the self-silencing that often leads RNs to downplay their own expertise and their contributions to the care of the sick and the health of the public. Bernice Buresh and Suzanne Gordon teach nurses, nurse educators, and nurse researchers critical skills they can use to explain their work to other health-care professionals, journalists, policymakers, and political representatives.

From Silence to Voice features stories about nurses who ensure that patients receive appropriate, timely, and even life-saving care, nurses who make all the difference while crises are underway but whose contributions are neglected in medical charts and thank-you notes, nurses who are left out altogether or obscured by the generic "nurse." However, the book also provides detailed accounts of nurses who do make their voices heard, who do make their concerns public- and it shows how those successes can be duplicated. Buresh and Gordon draw on real-world examples that will help nurses to

  • gain respect for themselves as professionals,
  • communicate well with both patients and health-care colleagues,
  • understand how the news media work,
  • collaborate with public relations professionals,
  • write effective letters to the editor and publish op-ed pieces,
  • appear on television and radio, and
  • promote research on nursing

About the Authors:
Bernice Buresh writes and lectures on health care, nursing and the media. She has been a reporter for the Milwaukee Sentinel, a professor of journalism at Boston University and an adjunct professor of American Studies at Brandeis University. Buresh is president of the Writers' Room of Boston, Inc, which provides affordable workspace for writers.

Suzanne Gordon is an award-winning journalist. She is the author of Life Support: Three Nurses on the Front Lines and co-editor of Caregiving: Readings in Knowledge, Practice, Ethics and Politics. She is an adjunct professor in the school of nursing at McGill University. Gordon is a health care commentator on Public Radio International's "Marketplace," and a popular lecturer on nursing and health care.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900801472588
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2006
Series: The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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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From Silence to Voice 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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!