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From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public (The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work) [Paperback]

Bernice Buresh , Suzanne Gordon

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: ILR Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (24 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801478731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801478734
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 17.6 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 715,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A useful read for any nurse 16 Aug 2013
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Thanks for making a kindle edition. This was a required reading for my NP program and I can definitely do without more paper textbooks weighing me down.

On the whole I'd say it was easy reading and made many valid points every nurse should review, even if he or she decides to disagree with them. Nurses are encouraged to give up childish imagery, take credit for technical knowledge and skill, and work to reform the image of the nurse from that of an "angel" who is "all heart" to that of a competent and equal collaborator in care. This book provides specific guidance on what language to use when speaking about nursing to the public and gives examples of strategies one can use to improve nursing's image. It also can serve to help raise awareness in nurses minds about the subtle things embedded in what we do and say that unintentionally undermine respect for our profession. I'd say any nurse could benefit from reading this.

If you're a student wanting to know if it's worth your time, I say yes.
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be mandatory 21 Feb 2014
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This book is excellent and every nurse and anyone concerned with our broken healthcare system should read this. Very good.
2.0 out of 5 stars OK read 30 Jan 2014
By sglo - Published on
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this book was required for my class. It is the only reason I purchased it. It had some interesting topics though.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is one of my most cherished nursing resources 4 Nov 2013
By Suzie - Published on
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Gordon and Buresh advocate for better patient care through the empowerment of nursing professionals. This book (all editions) is a great mentor for any nurse.
5.0 out of 5 stars silence to voice 27 Sep 2013
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Great book. Written by two female journalists, the women writers clarify the history of the nursing image. The authors view nurses as competent professionals. However, the public, especially the doctors, view nurses as matronly helpers or sexy goddesses of care. The female journalists implore nurses to fight for a new identity and to speak up.
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