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Enabling Effective Nurse Communications

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Executive Summary

Healthcare providers today face increasing pressure from many directions. They must improve patient care, despite persistent nursing staff shortages, and adopt new technologies in an ever-evolving environment. No single answer can address these issues, but there are some simple steps that can be taken to start the process. This paper demonstrates one of the avenues hospitals may take to solve some of these challenges through improving nurse communications. At approximately 30 percent of the total hospital staff, nurses represent the largest constituent employee population in any hospital. They are the primary caregivers and are the common thread connecting patients to everything that touches them during their hospital stay.

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