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Beth Boynton

Beth Boynton

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Beth Boynton, RN, MS specializes in communication, collaboration, and workplace culture. She is a Medical Improv Practitioner and author of Medial Improv: A New Way to Improve Communication (CreateSpace 2017), Successful Nurse Communication (F.A. Davis 2015), and Confident Voices (CreateSpace 2009). Find more of her stories at Confident Voices in Healthcare.


Five Ways Medical Improv Can Help Nurses Talk about Death and Dying

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Medical Improv is an emerging field that holds much promise for us in healthcare.  There are scores of experiential activities that can be adapted from theater education and improvisational comedy to build emotional intelligence and improve communication, teamwork, and leadership.  All of which contribute to a foundation from which we can provide safe, quality, and compassionate care as well as … Read More

De-Stress and Improve Communication with Medical Improv

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One of the main differences between improv comedy and medical improv is how instructors use the activity.  As a communication specialist and medical improv practitioner, I’m always looking for ways to bridge activities from improv that can teach important skills. Since the holidays can be filled with stress related to high-stakes pressures of nursing work, not to mention personal and … Read More

Healing Relationships for Healthcare Improvement Part III: What is Neuroplasticity and How Can it Help?

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Healing relationships and promoting healthy respectful interactions are crucial to improving healthcare. In Part I, we addressed the importance of good relationships in healthcare. We followed with discussion in Part II  about the neuroscience and the effect it has on relationships. There’s one simple practice that can enhance neuroplasticity and help heal our relationships. What is Neuroplasticity? Many of you … Read More

One New Way to Make Collaboration Skills Stick

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According to a recent study, healthcare workers who undergo team training can lower their medical error rate by 19 percent. What’s exciting about the principles of medical improv is that most of them could just as easily be rules for respectful communication and collaboration. For instance, “Yes and…” is often considered the “golden rule” of improv, applied improv and medical … Read More

Healing Relationships for Healthcare Improvement Part I: We Need an Overhaul

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Working in healthcare can be a wonderful privilege where every day we have opportunities to develop therapeutic relationships and play healing roles in people’s lives. Although not mutual, these relationships can be intimate and rewarding. It can also be fulfilling to be part of a dynamic team pulling together to save lives and helping patients and families navigate tough times. … Read More