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DO YOU incorporate empowering language into your practice?


Language is evolving and its role in healthcare cannot be overstated.1,2 Whether speaking with or referring to patients, nurses must discuss many delicate subjects in a sensitive manner. But what kind of formal training is available, if any?


The following questions address patient communication and the use of empowering language. For the purposes of this survey, empowering language is defined as a person-first, strengths-based approach to discussing or talking with patients.For example, nurses should refer to patients with diabetes rather than labeling them as diabetics.1


To help us gather current information on the use of empowering language in nursing practice, Nursing2020 invites you to take the following confidential and anonymous survey. The results will be published in an upcoming issue.


You can take the survey online at, photocopy this page and fax it to 215-521-8864, or mail it to Nursing2020, Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market St., 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad Mini. The deadline for survey responses is April 1, 2020.




1. Dickinson JK, Funnell MM. Diabetes: Changing the conversation. Nursing. 2019;49(6):56-60. [Context Link]


2. Margolies L, Brown CG. Increasing cultural competence with LGBTQ patients. Nursing. 2019;49(6):34-40. [Context Link]