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Communication skills in nursing: A phenomenologically-based communication training approach
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8614-3114
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4169-2061
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.
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2019 (English)In: Nurse Education in Practice, ISSN 1471-5953, E-ISSN 1873-5223, Vol. 9, p. 136-141Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to present a communication skills training curriculum for nursing students, based upon phenomenology. Research shows that nurses have difficulty prioritizing dialogue with patients, due to lack of time, organizational and cultural factors. Like other health care professionals, nurses may also have difficulties communicating with patients due to personal fears and shortcomings. The communication training curriculum based upon phenomenology aims at systematically training students to stay focused upon patients' and relatives' narratives, allowing them to reflect upon and better understand their current situation. This approach to communication is applicable in any clinical situation where it important to provide space for the patients' experiences. The philosophical principles guiding the training are presented here as well as the practical steps in the program. Finally, the approach is compared to other common communication methods used in nursing (motivational interviewing, caring conversations, empathy training). The authors hope that the article will highlight the nurses’ role as dialogue partner as well as emphasize the importance of communication skills training in nursing education. This approach can be refined, tested and modified in future research and may serve as an inspirational model for creating a generic communicative competence for nurses.

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2019. Vol. 9, p. 136-141
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Communication training, Phenomenology, Nurse-patient interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-7786DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2019.08.011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-7786DiVA, id: diva2:1348863
Available from: 2019-09-05 Created: 2019-09-05 Last updated: 2019-09-05Bibliographically approved

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