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Communicating in Professions and Organizations

Nurse Practitioners and the Performance of Professional Competency

Accomplishing Patient-centered Care

Authors: Defibaugh, Staci

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  • Represents the first attempt to bring together research on medical competency and linguistic choices
  • Explores the overlap between prescribed practices and linguistic features, opening up new approaches to medical discourse
  • Provides an analytical framework that can be applied to other provider-types
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This book examines the interactional practices of nurse practitioners (NPs) and the delivery of health care in the US. The author takes a discourse analytic approach, examining the linguistic resources that NPs employ in their interactions with patients. These linguistic features are connected to the concept of professional competency with specific focus on the enactment of the patient-centered approach. Analytic focus is placed on how NPs address organizational responsibilities during medical visits with patients, the form and function of patient education, the use of indirect speech, and the role that small talk plays in health care encounters. The book explores the understudied professional field of nurse practitioners and examines their linguistic practices with an eye on crossing disciplinary boundaries, integrating research from linguistics, discourse analysis and health communication. It will appeal to those interested in medical discourse analysis and health communication, as well as applied linguistics scholars.

About the authors

Staci Defibaugh is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics in the English Department at Old Dominion University, USA. Her research examines the interactional practices of nurse practitioner-patient visits, the role of neoliberalism in healthcare in the US, and the positioning of patients as being responsible for their health.

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“This is a unique book that focuses on the language and interactional practices of nurse practitioners in the current U.S. healthcare setting. This novel resource intends to move forward the area of linguistic research that to date has focused primarily on physician‐patient communications.” (Kathleen M. Woodruff, Doody's Book Reviews, June 28, 2019)
“Nurse Practitioners and the Performance of Professional Competency: Accomplishing Patient-Centered Care is a well-researched, linguistically nuanced and clearly written exploration of practically relevant discursive practices in clinical interactions between nurse practitioners and their patients.  Staci Defibaugh's volume on the crucial interrelationships between language use and the enactment of professional competency in this under-researched profession will be a welcome addition to the library of students, researchers, and healthcare professionals alike.” (Heidi E. Hamilton, Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University, USA)“Dr. Defibaugh has given us a highly useful addition to the provider-patient realm of health communication scholarship. With strong theoretical foundations, this work reveals the techniques providers deploy that help patients preserve their autonomy and also accomplish the professional goals of the provider. Clearly written, this is an easy read that is also powerful, intriguing and will be a valuable resource to many.” (Marian Huhman, Department of Communication at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-25

    Defibaugh, Staci

  • Frontstage/Backstage: Attending to Organizational Responsibilities

    Pages 27-51

    Defibaugh, Staci

  • Need to Know: Patient Education and Epistemic Responsibility

    Pages 53-77

    Defibaugh, Staci

  • Treading Lightly: Indirect Speech in Medical Directives

    Pages 79-99

    Defibaugh, Staci

  • Caring as Competent: Small Talk in Medical Visits

    Pages 101-120

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-88587-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nurse Practitioners and the Performance of Professional Competency
Book Subtitle
Accomplishing Patient-centered Care
Authors
Series Title
Communicating in Professions and Organizations
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-68354-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-68354-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-68353-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88587-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 133
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