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The Narrative Initiative

Our mission at The Narrative Initiative is

to make healthcare feel better

for those who chose to give care

and those that must receive it. 

 

Through a variety of innovative, award-winning, and research-proven narrative techniques,

we can assist your organization in positively transforming

the healthcare experience for everyone.

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"Dr. Dickey, 

Thank you for leading this important Narrative GME Curriculum Project here at St Luke’s.  Narrative Medicine is transformational work!  Our investment in it made such a difference with our residents and faculty that it was worth presenting in our annual report as one of our Top 5 learning innovations to our President Council.  It was extremely well received.  I look forward to our continued work together."

- JP Orlando, Ed.D
Chief Graduate Medical Education Office & ACGME DIO
St. Lukes University Health Network

"Dickey’s approach to storytelling in healthcare is invaluable. The program has been very successful in helping us to improve our communication amongst each other and to our patients and families. The first inpatient unit team we worked with showed improvement in their HCAHPS scores/patient satisfaction, including Nurse Communication, three months in a row.”

- Kelly Gillick
Director, Patient Relations and Service Excellence
LVHN-Pocono

BEFORE

CARE

COMMUNICATION:

TOOLS TO SET UP CONVERSATIONS FOR SUCCESS BEFORE HEALTHCARE INTERACTIONS

Communication is more than an exchange of language. Good communication means all involved walk away with a similar understanding of what just happened. The Narrative Initiative teaches healthcare professionals how to set up an important conversation with patients, their families and colleagues for success.

DURING

CARE

PERSON-CENTERED CARE:

IMPROVING HEALTHCARE INTERACTIONS

The Narrative Initiative teaches healthcare professionals to empathically and  effectively  listen for and reflect the important words and language of the patient experience . Respectful reflection enhances trust making the experience of healthcare safer, kinder, and more efficient for both healthcare professionals and their patients.

CONTINUING

CARE

STAFF ENGAGEMENT: HOW TO KEEP HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS IN THE GAME

Being a healthcare professional is challenging even in the best of times. We help professionals decompress, remain resilient, enhance team cohesion and stay positively engaged with patients and colleagues by facilitating the sharing of their stories – stories about the challenges, and the joys, of delivering healthcare today.

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TNI NARRATIVE COVID-19
DEALING WITH THE AFTERMATH

TNI offers healthcare professionals an opportunity to share their stories of working during and after the Covid-19 pandemic with those who best understand such challenges – our colleagues.  Since March 2020 our work has helped decompress and enhance resilience of those in healthcare allowing them to continue to engage with their patients and colleagues in a positive fashion during this unprecedented time.

Join us. 

Learn more

about how TNI can help healthcare professionals process and integrate challenges experienced during the pandemic.