The Sensitivity Training Clown workshop: Enhancing therapeutic communication skills in nursing students

Betty L. Leef, Donna Hallas

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Abstract

Aim: The aim of this study was to examine the long-term effectiveness of the Sensitivity Training Clown Workshop (STCW) provided to 131 baccalaureate nursing students. Background: The STCW was designed and implemented through a collaboration between the artistic director of the Big Apple Circus and nurse faculty to help students understand emotions, learn peripheral awareness skills, and become engaged with patients. Method: Forty participants responded to an 18-month follow-up evaluation survey. Results: The majority of participants reported applying lessons learned in the workshop in their current practice, regardless of their area of nursing employment Conclusion: The STCW is an effective method of educating nursing students for pediatric practice. The techniques used in the workshop are applicable to other practice settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-264
Number of pages5
JournalNursing education perspectives
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2013

Keywords

  • Clown care
  • Nursing education
  • Sensitivity Training
  • Student engagement
  • Teaching methods
  • Therapeutic communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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