Integrating psychology with interpersonal communication skills in undergraduate nursing education: Addressing the challenges

McCarthy, B. and Trace, A. and O'Donovan, M. (2014) Integrating psychology with interpersonal communication skills in undergraduate nursing education: Addressing the challenges. Nurse Education in Practice, 14 (3). pp. 227-232. ISSN 14715953 (ISSN)

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The inclusion of the social, behavioural and bio-sciences is acknowledged as essential to the development of the art and science of nursing. Nonetheless, the literature highlights on-going debate about the content and delivery of these subject areas in undergraduate nursing education. The bio-sciences and social sciences in particular have received much attention but more recently the inclusion of psychology in nursing curricula is gaining momentum. Studies conducted on nursing students' views of these supporting sciences have also highlighted problems with their understanding, relevance and application to nursing practice.Although broad guidelines are given as to what should be included, no detail is given as to how much detail or at what level these subjects should be taught. Subsequently, approved institutions are responsible for their own course content. This has resulted in inconsistent and varied approaches to integrating the sciences in undergraduate nursing curricula.Following a recent review of the undergraduate nursing curriculum in one university in the Republic of Ireland a decision was made to combine the teaching, learning and assessment of Applied Psychology with Interpersonal Communication skills. This paper will describe the developmental process and evaluation of the integrated module. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Communication skills; Education; Nursing; Psychology; Reflective practice; Undergraduate students
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