Barholomew K. Marblehead, Mass: HCPro Inc; 2004. 162 pages.

Every nurse I know can narrate at least one disturbing physician-nurse scene...and many of these stories have left deep scars.

All too many nurses will relate to this line in the first chapter of this easy-to-read book Speak Your Truth: Proven Strategies for Effective Nurse-Physician Communication. That line illustrates why this book will be an important resource in effective communication for nurses from the bedside to the boardroom. Effective communication, one of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ healthy work environment standards, is vital to team competency and to patient safety. As nurses, we live these communication challenges every day and this book uses case studies to explain why we have such communication challenges and what we can do personally to improve the communication landscape of our daily practice.

At the beginning of Speak Your Truth, the author—a nurse manager...

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