NurseZone Newsletter - 8/26/2011
August 26, 2011 
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Improving the Physician-Nurse Dynamic 
Improving the Physician-Nurse Dynamic
By Jennifer Larson, contributor

Can doctors and nurses learn to get along well enough to collaborate? Can they truly be partners in providing excellent patient care?

Engaging Patients in Dialogue: A Partnership 
The Keys to Improving Communication with Patients 
By Megan M. Krischke, contributor

"Communicating clearly with patients is a cornerstone to providing safe, quality and effective care," remarked Fé Ermitaño, RN, BSN, project manager for the patient experience at Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC) in Seattle. "We aim to provide patient-centered care, so I tell the nurses that we are to engage our patients in a partnership and a dialogue and that we should be a conduit through which patients can bring their concerns."

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 Spotlight on Nursing
Nurses on Front Lines for Preventing Teen Suicide
Nurses on Front Lines for Preventing Teen Suicide
By Debra Wood, RN, contributor

Faced with a stressful world, teens often feel overwhelmed and depressed and then consider ending their lives. Thousands of them die annually, making suicide the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many more youngsters attempt to take their lives but do not succeed. Nurses are making a difference with active prevention strategies.  READ FULL STORY 

Communication Skills: Moving Beyond the Basics
Communication Skills: Beyond the Basics 
By Jennifer Larson, contributor

The act of communicating a piece of information is not considered complete until the receiver has understood the message. Yet, how often do messages inadvertently get misconstrued by the receiver, through verbal or nonverbal confusions in the communication process?

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Improving Patient Safety Through Communication 
Technology Tools Ease Communication 
By Christina Orlovsky Page, contributor

Author George Bernard Shaw once said, "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." In personal relationships, communication problems can be detrimental; in health care settings, they can be downright dangerous.

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