Personal and Professional Healthcare Communication Paper

1874 Words Jul 1st, 2010 8 Pages
Personal and Professional Healthcare Communication Paper
Kelle Bishop
University of Phoenix Online Student
Heath Care Communication
Ann Cinco
November 23, 2009

Personal and Professional Healthcare Communication Paper
How we communicate effects everything we do. Whether talking to patients and family members, speaking in a team meeting, or talking with our children’s teacher at a conference, communication is how we learn information, teach information and express our concerns. With this paper I will discuss; the definitions of healthcare communication, the relevancy of effective personal healthcare communication with other healthcare professionals, clients, and patients, the relevancy of effective professional healthcare
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The driving forces have been efficiency, cost effectiveness, continuity of care, and RN job enhancement. The application of organizational theory to the challenge of creating an organizational context supportive of effective nurse, physician communication requires an analysis using the concepts of specialization, authority, and departmentalization. The more specialized the work of nursing the more complex the communication lines. Registered nurses often prefer to deliver total care to a group of patients rather than function as a team leader of ancillary staff members; one reason they cite is the inefficient use of time spent communicating with team members. These multiple communication lines are compounded by specialization across physicians with whom nurses must communicate when patient care units group together a heterogeneous patient case mix. This complexity is further confounded in community hospitals where, in addition to the various medical specialties represented in the daily communication patterns, the number of different physicians practicing the same specialty adds multiple additional communication channels. Academic medical centers commonly have loosely knit interdisciplinary teams comprising interns, residents, case managers, pharmacists, physical therapists, nutritionists, and staff nurses. These teams are not work teams but a grouping of

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