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OHSU nursing school lecture-theater production stresses communication

Award-winning journalist, author and patient safety advocate Suzanne Gordon was the featured speaker at Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing’s annual Puhaty Lecture, Nov. 12 in
Portland, Ore.

Approximately 175 individuals attended the performance and others accessed it online, according to an OHSU spokesperson.

Gordon introduced and directed a readers’ theater production of “Bedside Manners,” a dramatic teaching tool focusing on interprofessional education for healthcare teams, and the causes and consequences of ineffective communication and unprofessional behaviors between nurses and physicians, according to a news release. The reading deals with the death of a baby during an operation.

“As one of the ‘actors’ in the Bedside Manners play, I was impressed by the critical message of the need to promote better interprofessional and interpersonal communication in healthcare settings,” Gary Laustsen, PhD, FNP, FAANP, FAAN, assistant dean for Academic Practice and Innovation at the OHSU School of Nursing, said to

“However, there were also more subtle messages for our audience,” he said. In one of the scenes, the juxtaposition of me (a registered nurse) playing the role of a high-ranking physician reprimanding a nurse (played by our university’s provost, a physician), provided additional insights on the importance of re-examining stereotypes based on gender or professional role.”


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