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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

If you've been a nurse (or nursing student) for a while, you've undoubtedly noticed -ahem- one or two :wink2: things in health care that are suboptimal. Odds are good that at some point you have thought to yourself, "Somebody should tell Congress about that!" Or, "That's really bad policy and somebody ought to change it!" 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... Read More →



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