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Improving and validating children’s nurses communication skills with standardized patients in end of life care

Hamilton, Catherine; Cargil, Jamie; Kenny, Gerard; Sales, Rachel

Authors

Catherine Hamilton

Jamie Cargil

Gerard Kenny

Rachel Sales Rachel2.Sales@uwe.ac.uk
AHOD Simulation, Skills and Digital Learning



Abstract

© 2014, © The Author(s) 2014. Children’s nurse education is experiencing increases in recruitment targets at the same time that clinical placements are decreasing. With regard to end-of-life care, it is has become a challenge to ensure that all students come into contact with a satisfactory range of experience as part of the requirement for competency at the point of registration. The aim of our study was to find out if students at the end of their course were able to use communication skills acquired in their three years of training and adapt and transfer them to a specific palliative care context even if they had never worked in that area of care. Focus groups were conducted after the simulations which explored the students’ experiences of being involved in the scenarios. Four themes emerged that students identified either inhibited or enabled their communication skills, which included anxiety and fear, the need for professional props, the experience of it being real and feeling empowered.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Journal of Child Health Care
Print ISSN 1367-4935
Electronic ISSN 1741-2889
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 2
Pages 145-152
APA6 Citation Hamilton, C., Cargil, J., Kenny, G., Jamie, C., Catherine, H., & Sales, R. (2014). Improving and validating children’s nurses communication skills with standardized patients in end of life care. Journal of Child Health Care, 20(2), 145-152. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367493514555588
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1367493514555588
Keywords case-based scenarios, children’s nursing, end-of-life care, standardized patients
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367493514555588
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