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Email and texting etiquette for nurses


Keep It Concise

Nurses are always on the go, so if your email gives the scroll wheel a workout, cut it down. Now is not the time to prove your literary chops. Crisp, simplistic language gives your fellow nurses the luxury of skimming and scanning for relevant information. Emailing about a shift change? No need to explain the details! Plus, the briefer the message, the likelier you’ll get an immediate response. Bullet points and patches of white space — instead of a 10-line block of text — are easier on the eyes and help organize your message. Finally (or firstly), hook your reader with the opening line — she may not read on, so make sure it’s the meat of the message. Example: “Shift canceled due to statewide nursing union strike!” Enough said.

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