De-Stress and Improve Communication with Medical Improv

By Beth BoyntonVoices From The FieldLeave a Comment

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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

One New Way to Make Collaboration Skills Stick

By Beth BoyntonHot TopicsLeave a Comment

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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

Taking Complexity out of Care

By Dr. V. Simon MittalClinical SolutionsLeave a Comment

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“You don’t know what you don’t know!” It’s a seemingly obvious phrase you’ve probably heard. Over the last eight years, it’s taken on a new meaning in my life as a result of helping my father who has Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. For the past six of those years, I found myself dedicated to transforming post-acute care, as well as … Read More

Optimizing Outcomes and Approaching Change Differently This Year Through Medical Improv

By Beth BoyntonHot TopicsLeave a Comment

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Social and emotional learning, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills are often referred to as “soft” skills. This skill set encompasses human behavior and as such, informs the quality of our communication, relationships, teamwork and leadership.  These in turn, inform our workplace cultures and healthcare system(s) and provide feedback on the skills themselves.  Healthy skills and relationships contribute to healthy cultures. … Read More