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Page 25 Kathleen D. Pagana, PhD, RN ASK THE ETIQUETTE DOCTOR The Importance of a Good, Strong Handshake Not too firm, not too limp — what does yours say about you? DEAR KATHY: When I told a colleague about an upcoming inter- view, she politely told me that I needed to improve my handshake. Do handshakes really matter? — HANDSHAKE HARRIET DEAR HARRIET: Yes, they do. You want to present a confident and firm handshake. Those few seconds of "shaking" can weaken or empower a relationship. Some tips: • Extend your right hand horizontally with your thumb up. • Engage the person's hand web-to-web with a firm grip. The web between your thumb and index finger should be touching the other person's web. • Look the person you're shaking hands with in the eye. • Handshake grip should be no harder than the strength that you'd use to hold a door handle. • Shake 2 or 3 times, and drop your hand. DEAR KATHY: I'm confused by the alphabet soup that many nurses use after their names for their academic and certification credentials. What do you suggest? — ALPHABET ANNIE FIRM IT UP Bad handshakes leave bad first impressions.

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