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An Honest Hospital Pin

I’ve discovered the perfect tool to improve doctor-nurse communication skills.  Let’s see.  Hundreds of nurses.  Dozens of floors.  Day shifts.  Night shifts. This pin pretty much sums it up. Any questions?

*This blog post was originally published at The Happy Hospitalist*

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  1. Laith Bustani says:

    I am terrible with names, but I have noticed a tremendous increase in efficiency when we shifted to a primarily geographic model (3 hospitalist per ward). After a few years working with the same people, you get a feel for individuals strengths and weaknesses and it adds a level of respect when you learn the names and backgrounds of those you engage with. Fully agree that the turn around, students, rotating/re tasked nurses will continue to challenge my name memory, but acknowledging the individual behind the role can make a big difference in a lot of intangibles, especially morale.

    I think every ward, nurse, physician and front line worker (including porters, should have a accessible picture, name and mini-bio on the hospital intranet. Foster a culture where it’s ok to admit you don’t remember the name, but have the expectation that you keep on asking and trying to remember.

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