Archive ORX Session Previews 2017

Become a Dauntless Nurse

Build the confidence you need to stick up for yourself and your patients.

Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN


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The Dauntless Nurse BE BOLD Ms. Bartholomew's book, "The Dauntless Nurse: Communication Confidence Builder."

Are you a dauntless nurse? You are if you speak up when patients are in jeopardy, if "first, do no harm" is a personal conviction, and if you stand up to intimidating surgeons and colleagues. It takes both skill and courage to be dauntless on a daily basis. You'll learn how to develop both by attending "The Dauntless Nurse," a confidence-building session by nationally known speaker and former surgical manager Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN. You'll walk away with the skills needed to communicate professionally, assertively and effectively when the stakes and stress levels are highest.

Defining dauntless. If you want a team that will support and nurture each other and keep your patients safe, you need nurses who are dauntless. They must consider every person in their department a team member, they don't join in the blame game when something goes wrong and they routinely ask peers for feedback. They work out problems with co-workers instead of running to their managers, use words to communicate instead of eye rolls or sighs, and create a space where others feel safe to disagree.

No harm? Really? The reason 440,000 patients die unnecessarily every year due to medical errors is that healthcare professionals don't have the courage to reveal their mistakes. The same errors reoccur time and again across the country. If that many people died at once, the public would be outraged. It would be like watching the evening news and seeing 3 Boeing 747s crash every day for a year.

Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN

speaker profile
arrow National speaker for the nursing profession for more than a decade.
arrow Former manager of a 57-bed surgical unit at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.
arrow Authored books on improving physician-nurse communication and ending nurse-to-nurse hostility.
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