When two North Carolina nurses met, they knew they had several things in common. They were both passionate about nursing, had a knack for writing and were driven to inspire others to embrace lifelong learning. They later discovered they had something else in common—something they were not talking about. They had both suffered the ill effects of incivility in the healthcare workplace. Why weren't they talking about it? Because no one talks about it. It's healthcare's dirty little secret. No one wants to admit that a shameful culture of incivility infects most healthcare workplaces. Both Linda and Stacey found out the hard way that working in an atmosphere that breeds incivility leaves healthcare workers feeling exhausted, hopeless and dissatisfied . . . but that's not the worst part. Incivility in the healthcare workplace also leads to medical errors, poor patient satisfaction, higher employee turnover and higher healthcare costs for consumers. Linda H. Leekley BS, RN began her nursing career in the oncology department at Duke University Medical Center. After experience in acute care, home health, clinical education and healthcare writing, she founded the healthcare publishing company, In the Know, in 1998. Linda believes that civility and lifelong learning are the keys to both personal and professional success. She lives in Durham, North Carolina--the “City of Medicine.” Stacey L. Turnure, RN came into nursing as a second career. It was her mother's diagnosis and eventual death from cancer that inspired the career change. She has worked in oncology, neurology, medical-surgical and pediatrics. Now, a nurse educator, healthcare education writer and double-time mom to twin boys, Stacey looks forward to inspiring others to follow their dreams, use their voices and make positive changes where change is so desperately needed.

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The Coalition for Patients' Rights® works to ensure that the American healthcare system's growing and increasingly diverse needs are met. The Coalition was formed in 2006 and consists of more than 35 organizations representing a variety of licensed healthcare professionals. The Coalition's membership represents a diverse array of healthcare professionals that patients across the country rely upon, including advanced practice and registered nurses, audiologists, chiropractors, foot and ankle surgeons, naturopathic doctors, occupational therapists, physical therapists and psychologists. Join us for this important conversation with Coalition for Patients' Rights Spokespeople Lisa Summers and Janet Bezner!

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Marcy Grace has dedicated her life to hospice and palliative care, and now serves as Executive Director of Palliative Care Services of Santa Fe. Janet Smith, RN has a great interest and expertise in complementary medicine, and is an experienced acute care and hospice nurse originally trained at the University College Hospital, London, England. She currently serves as Nurse Consultant for Palliative Care Services of Santa Fe. Marcy and Janet will discuss their unique business model and the excellent palliative care services that they are offering to citizens living in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Theresa Brown, RN, lives and works in the Pittsburgh area. She received her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh, and during what she calls her past life, a PhD in English from the University of Chicago. Brown is a regular contributor to the New York Times blog “Well” and an occasional Op-Ed contributor. Her essay “Perhaps Death is Proud; More Reason to Savor Life” is included in Best American Science Writing 2009 and Best American Medical Writing 2009. Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between (HarperStudio, 2010) is her first book. Theresa is a Board Member of the Center for Health Media and Policy at the Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College. She is also an Advisory Board Member for Scrubs Magazine, which won the 2010 Maggie Award for Best New Publication from the Western Publishing Association. Theresa lives with her husband, Arthur Kosowsky, their three children, and their dog.

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