Why Emotional Intelligence is Crucial for Change in Nursing

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“Nurses are so smart, and their work is so important. Yet every day we see incidents of horizontal violence, inadequate staffing, occupational injuries and unsafe acts or worse.” Boynton explains how an underlying lack of emotional intelligence (EQ) on the part of nurses, doctors, and administrative professionals is contributing to all of these issues! She believes that helping nurses to develop EQ will create a momentum of positive change in all of these areas. “EQ is all about self and others and when our relationships are healthy so too are our teams, cultures, and leadership efforts. And improv activities are a very fun way to develop EQ!

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Textbook author and speaker, Beth Boynton, RN, MS has been teaching emotional intelligence and communication skills for over a decade. She also takes improv classes because they help her grow as a person and adapts activities for her workshops!

“After a painful divorce and building my life as a single mom, I discovered that I was pretty good at caring for others, but not so good about caring for myself!”. Beth started counseling and took improv classes for fun. She learned about becoming more assertive in both places and explains how the deeper work in counseling helped her to understand and respect herself while the fun activities in improv helped her to practice speaking up and listening.

Now Boynton wants to create an educational website that will help nurses (and others) teach fundamental improv activities that will build EQ and she needs our help.
Improvoscopy: Serious Play for ‘Safe Care’ is an exciting crowd-source project that will culminate in a website that will be free for everyone. She would be grateful for help in sharing the news and any contribution that you feel comfortable with.

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 Authors Bio

Beth Boynton, RN, MS, author of Successful Nurse Communication: Safe Care, Healthy Workplaces, & Rewarding Careers, is a speaker and medical improv trainer.

More information about her work can be found at:

www.confidentvoices.com, and she can be contacted at beth@bethboynton.com.