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All The World’s A Stage

by Candy on November 7, 2013 3 comments

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Sound enticing? That’s the name of my presentation to a group of 200 – 300 nursing faculty, hospital educators, simulation educators, nurse managers, and directors, next week on Thursday, 11-14-2013, at the Magic In Teaching conference in Irvine, CA.

Other types of teaching stress “How to be spontaneous,” but only in improv do you teach by DOING. Why? Because you don’t just TALK about improv, you DO improv! One of the core principles of  applied improvisational exercises (AIE), is that there can be no onlookers. Be warned, this will be an interactive talk, and everyone will participate.

In healthcare, this is a particularly pertinent process (say that fast 10 times), because we need new communication tools to help tear down walls of cultural hierarchy in healthcare. We need to find ways to build bridges to accomplish stronger teams, and to provide the patient a safer and all-around more satisfying healthcare experience, whether in hospital, clinic, or at home.

Since my doctoral dissertation involves the process of understanding and furthering interprofessional communication, we will discuss the correlation between an atmosphere of safety and the ability to establish new patterns of self-confidence, trust, spontaneity, understanding, application, and memory and how AIE facilitates those outcomes.

You will also hear the outcomes of a recent interprofessional healthcare communication (through improv) seminar called “Yikes to Yippee” with a group from Stanford’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital.

This is the kind of modern employment that Florence Nightingale would no doubt endorse!  Guaranteed, we’ll have some fun in this interactive learning environment.

If you’d like to join us, you can learn more at:



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  • Beth Boynton, RN, MS - November 7, 2013

    This looks wonderful, Candy. I think the point you make about learning from doing is so helpful and just what we need in healthcare. Especially in a safe environment that can even be FUN! Medical improv aka applied improv in healthcare is a very exciting bridge! Best of luck and/or break a leg! Beth

  • Elizabeth Scala - November 29, 2013

    Wow! What a wonderful event and so awesome that these nurse leaders get a chance to have some fun!! I am so glad you are able to do this with your work, something you are so passionate about. I am sure it went well. Thanks for sharing this post!!

  • Candy - November 29, 2013

    Thanks to you both for your well wishes – it was a super event, and standing room only folks were removed by the hotel management because of fire regulations! Of course, it was action – packed. I had the whole group up and interacting at two different points, +2 volunteers came forward to demonstrate a couple of exercises. Afterwords all my flyers and cards disappeared, and I hope that this leads to more improv knowledge being spread in the future!

    Best wishes to you both, partners in effective interprofessional healthcare communication!

    Warmest wishes, Candy

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