ORIGINAL ARTICLE: PDF OnlyEnhancing peer review with communication skill buildingMitchell, Mary Beth M.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N.; Hunt, Cyndy MS., R.N., C.C.R.N.; Johnson, Jerre B.S.N., R.N.; Ovitt, Betsy M.S.N., R.N.; Lemon, Diane B.S., R.R.T.Author Information Interim Head Nurse Intensive Care Unit Staff Development Coordinator Cardiopulmonary Care Center Head Nurse Cardiovascular Telemetry Unit Department Manager Cardiopulmonary Care Center Supervisor Respiratory Therapy, Cardiac Rehab, and Cardiovascular Lab Cardiopulmonary Care Center Poudre Valley Hospital Fort Collins, Colorado Health Care Supervisor: December 1995 - Volume 14 - Issue 2 - p 56-62 Buy Abstract The purpose of this pilot was to improve the peer review process by enhancing the communication skills of staff nurses. Communication skill building was taught to staff members with practice time allotted. The paradigm shift occurred in teaching staff that communication is a teamed skill built through practice and not solely a cognitive skill. The results of this pilot demonstrated improved verbal communication, increased comfort with peer review, improved ability to separate performance from individual style differences, and increased accuracy with which staff rate themselves on self evaluations. An indirect benefit Ins been improved team work from increased support among die staff. © Williams & Wilkins 1995. All Rights Reserved.