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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 Suzanne Gordon, Bernice Buresh, Patricia RN Benner, Mary Ellen RN Jeans
 
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

Overview

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.

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:
9781551199740
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
04/17/2003
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.77(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 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.

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From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent and timely book that not only tells you why nurses need to communicate but also tells you how. This book validates the knowledge and caring inherent in the profession and encourages nurses to share their expertise.