Nursing: Communication in Health Care

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About Course #N1942

Release Date: June 28, 2018

Expiration Date: March 29, 2021

Effective communication fosters the development of successful patient-provider relationships, which have a positive impact on patient outcomes and satisfaction. This course discusses the fundamentals of communication science and its specific relevance in nursing practice. It explores impediments to effective communication in healthcare settings, including the cultural, environmental, and organizational barriers to communication that can contribute and disrupt valuable interactions for healing. The course presents nurses with evidence-based strategies to improve the effectiveness of their communication with patients, families and colleagues.

About the Author(s)

Mary Elaine Southard, DNP, RN, APHN-BC, HWNC-BC, DipCHom, is a national and international leader, educator, author, and clinician in integrative health and nurse coaching whose 40-year career has spanned varied healthcare settings and diverse populations. Dr. Southard is a national leader in nurse coaching, motivational interviewing, and patient engagement. She has extensive expertise in telehealth and the nuances of communication skills in this arena. As a psychiatric-mental health nurse educator, her research focuses on using the Omaha System in nurse coaching as a feasible tool to capture data for practice, documentation, and information management. Dr. Southard is adjunct faculty at Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania, and also maintains a private integrative consulting and coaching practice in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Barbara Shahinian, BBA, is a freelance writer and consultant specializing in content and communication strategies for healthcare professionals and organizations. She previously served as the executive vice president for content and creative for Gannett Healthcare Group, a media company dedicated to the creation and distribution of continuing education activities, professional news, and employment opportunities for registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and dietitians. In that capacity, she was responsible for companywide strategy, development, and distribution of content and marketing creative across print, digital, and social media channels. She is the former editor in chief of the print magazines and companion websites, TodayinPT, TodayinOT, and Nutrition Dimension.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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