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Nurs Manag (Harrow). 2011 Jun;18(3):30-4.

Managers' duty to maintain good workplace communications skills.

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  • 1School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.


Communication is a fundamental element of care at every level of nursing practice. It is important, therefore, for nurse managers to create environments that promote and encourage good communication, and help nurses to develop their communication skills formally and informally. This article discusses the effects of communication on the quality of care. It examines nurses' professional duty to maintain good communication skills and how managers can help them do this. It also discusses nurse managers' communication skills in the context of leadership style, conflict resolution and self-awareness. Finally, it considers the notion of shared governance as good practice.

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