Person-centred communication: Design, implementation and evaluation of a communication skills module for under-graduate nursing students - An Irish context

McCarthy, B. and O'Donovan, M. and Twomey, A. (2008) Person-centred communication: Design, implementation and evaluation of a communication skills module for under-graduate nursing students - An Irish context. Contemporary Nurse, 27 (2). pp. 207-222. ISSN 10376178 (ISSN)

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Despite wide agreement about the importance of effective communication in nursing there is continuing evidence of the need for nurses to improve their communication skills. Consequently, there is a growing demand for more therapeutic and person-centred communication courses. Studies on communication education reveal considerable variability on the design and operationalisation of these programmes. Additionally, the literature highlights that nurse educators are continually challenged with developing and implementing these programmes. Communication skills are generally taught in years one and two of undergraduate nursing degree programmes. This is a stage when students have minimal contact with patients and clients. We suggest that a communication skills module should be included in all final years of undergraduate nursing programmes. With an array of clinical experiences to draw from, final year nursing students are better placed to apply the skills of effective communication in practice. In this paper, we present the design, implementation and evaluation of an advanced communication skills module undertaken by fourth year undergraduate nursing students completing a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree- nursing programme at one university in the Republic of Ireland. Copyright © eContent Management Pty Ltd.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Communication skills; Communication-training; Nursing education; Person-centred communication; article; evaluation; interpersonal communication; Ireland; nursing student; professional competence; Communication; Students, Nursing
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