Medical Improv Presentations-Who, What, & Where!

There is a growing interest in using theater improv strategies to build skills associated with emotional intelligence, communication, teamwork, and leadership.  In general this is referred to as ‘applied improv’ and has been around for many years.  The subspecialty that is emerging in healthcare is referred to as Medical Improv.  There is much potential for using this teaching tool because the skills are critical for patient safey, patient experience, workforce health, and cost-effectiveness.  Scroll down to check out latest and upcoming presentations.

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Check out the Medical Improv train-the-trainer book or contact or Beth Boynton, RN, MS to discuss customizing a workshop for your organization.

  • Risk Management by Design: The Practice of Building Trust through Experiential Activities that Promote Respectful Communications, 9 Hour train-the-trainer event x 3 for Spring Education with ECRI Institute scheduled for April/May 2018.
  • Medical Improv for Licensed Nurse Assistants & Medical Assistants:  An Effective Strategy for Building Interpersonal Skills- A Full day open event/workshop scheduled for March 2018 with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. (Event flyer.)
  • Developing Emotional Intelligence & Communication Skills, Art of Nursing 2018 (Continuing education event recorded January 2018).
  • Medical Improv:  An Effective Strategy for Developing Critical Interpersonal Skills November,  2017, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
  • Medical Improv: An experiential teaching strategy for developing critical interpersonal skills associated with patient safety, patient experience, workforce health, & cost-effectiveness! Endnote for National Aging Services Risk Management Annual Conference, October,  2017.
  • Medical Improv: An Exciting Way to Improve Communication, New England Holistic Nursing 7th Annual Conference, September 14, 2017.
  • Medical Improv:  A New Way to Develop Emotional Intelligence, Promote Patient-centered Care, & Build Positive Inter-professional Relationships. International Nursing Symposium, Security Forces Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  April 10 & 11, 2017.
  • Introducing Medical Improv:  An Experiential Teaching Method for Improving Communication, Collaboration, & Leadership, Rutgers Medical School, December, 8, 2016.
  • Medical Improv to Improve Healthcare Communication & Collaboration, General Session for 26th Annual New England Regional Healthcare Risk Management Conference, May 1, 2016.
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When Mrs. Smith Wants to Set Her Hair on Fire! Exploring the gap between honoring a desire & keeping folks safe!

Sometimes residents or patients want something that seems so dangerous to their own wellbeing or possibly the safety of others, our first and only response is, “No, you can’t do THAT”!

Ok, maybe that example is a bit over the top! 🙂 But, seriously, maybe Mr. Jones is a diabetic who wants a big piece of cake with double frosting, or Ms. Green wants to go horseback riding despite her broken pelvis, or maybe Mrs. Mcgillicuddy wants to smoke a cigarette outside even though it is 10 degrees below zero and there is wild wind blowing, or Mabel on the secure dementia unit is pleading to go home.

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When our patients or residents ask us for help doing something that we think or maybe know shouldn’t happen, our first reaction is often to explain why they shouldn’t or can’t.  When we do this we automatically fall into a power struggle and miss the chance to validate and learn more about those in our care.   With a little savvy communication, we may even be able to help them reach their own decision about not doing something dangerous or discover a compromise like having a small piece of cake or watching a show about horseback riding.

What I’m suggesting here is to do a little mindshift and instead of going in the direction of opposition, lean in to the desire itself.  It may come as a surprise, but wanting to do something, even ride horses with a broken pelvis,  is totally fine.

That piece of cake is calling to you, isn’t it Mr. J.?  You like cake?  Tell me about your favorite kinds.

Do you love riding horses, Mrs. Green?  Tell me one of your favorite horseback riding stories.

You sure miss your cigarettes, don’t you, Mrs. Mcgillicuddy?  How old were you wben you started smoking?  What’s your favorite kind?

I know you want to go home, Mabel.  I don’t blame you one bit.  I do too.  Tell me about your home. 

Or even….

Wow, that sounds pretty wild, Mrs. Smith.  Have you ever set your hair on fire before?  Tell me about it?

Setting realistic limits and offering explanations of why something might not be a good idea can come later.  Meanwhile, you’ll be building a trusting relationship.

Can you think of an example like these where you might try leaning into the desire?

One of the things I love about Medical Improv is the “Yes, and” principle. All activities require us to validate whatever someone else says.  Like exercising a muscle, we practice this part of the listening process.  And it is a world away from giving Mrs. Smith a book of matches!  

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College Scholarships & Financial Aid for LGBTQ Students

Creating and sustaining a progressive, compassionate, and diverse world is a priority here at Confident Voices in Healthcare.   Nursing, Medical, PT, OT, SLP and all allied healthcare professional and paraprofessional students, please make this last guide in the 3-part series that focuses on scholarships and financial aid available to LGBTQ college students visible and accessable.

Also, don’t miss this guide that focuses on resources for transgender students and this comprehensive guide created for LGBTQ students.

All three were compiled by the center for School, College, and Career Resources.

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Resources and Expert Advice for Transgenger College Students

Creating and sustaining a progressive, compassionate, and diverse world is a priority here at Confident Voices in Healthcare.   Nursing, Medical, PT, OT, SLP and all allied healthcare professional and paraprofessional students, please make this guide that focuses on resources for transgender students available. It includes scholarships specific to the trans community, describes how to find a transgender-friendly college and provides a directory for additional resources to help with academic and extracurricular success.

Also, be sure to share this comprehensive guide created for LGBTQ students, allies, and other community members available wherever you can.

Both are compiled by the center for School, College, and Career Resources.

THANK  YOU!

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