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By Teresag_CNS

I am a clinical nurse specialist, former critical care nurse, and nurse educator. Follow me on Twitter for patient safety and quality of care updates!

The following are articles I have written and shared with the nursing community. If you enjoy an article please leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Communication Advice for Nursing Students

We all make communication mistakes. As a hospital-based nurse for over 30 years, I've certainly made my share, and witnessed many more. Along the way, I've picked up a few tips that I hope are helpful to students and new nurses. 1. Avoid loaded language. Terms like "brain damage" and "life support" are riddled with emotion and unfavorable connotations for the lay person. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, there are times when "medicalspeak" is more effective for communication. It... Read More →

How to Write to Your Legislator

Well, why not be the somebody who does? You can make change happen; it's as easy as writing a letter. Writing to your Senator or Representative is not as daunting as it may seem. These people want to hear from you! It's been said that one letter from a constituent represents the thoughts of hundreds. Although there's no trick to writing a letter to your legislators, there are some rules to follow to give your letter the most impact. In this article, I will describe these rules and... Read More →

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