In the Know: Put your communication skills to test during clinicals

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, October 4, 2010

Your communication skills are extremely important during clinical time. You must be able to interact well with your instructor, the staff on duty, and your patients.

Here are some rules of the road to keep in mind:

  • Use good eye contact, especially with patients.
  • Always keep in mind your patient’s dignity.
  • Watch your body language. Your mouth may be saying one thing while your body is saying something completely different.
  • Listen—really listen. When someone is talking to you, stop what you are doing and give them your full attention.
  • Never contradict your instructor, the nurses on duty, or other healthcare professionals in front of a patient. Wait until you are able to discuss it with them in private.
  • Never gossip about your patients, or anyone else for that matter. It is unprofessional and reflects poorly on you.
  • Don’t whine, complain, or gripe around patients. It’s not their fault you are there. Besides, how would that make you feel if
  • Be considerate, respectful, friendly, and professional.

Above all, remember to smile: a friendly smile and a positive attitude will take you far.

For more tips check out HCPro’s book, Stressed Out About Nursing School

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