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Storytelling as a Teaching Technique

Davidhizar, Ruth DNS, CS, RN, FAAN; Lonser, Giny BA, RN


For centuries storytelling has been used a powerful communication vehicle. It is also useful in nursing education to enhance self-esteem, develop critical thinking, model behaviors, and to teach cultural sensitivity and communication skills. The authors discuss the use of storytelling in the nursing literature and in a nursing course.

Authors’ affiliations: Dean (Dr Davidhizar), Administrative Assistant to Dean (Ms Lonser), Division of Nursing, Bethel College, Mishawaka, Ind

Corresponding author: Ruth Davidhizar, DNS, CS, RN, Dean of Nursing, Bethel College, 1001 W McKinley Ave, Mishawaka, IN 46545 (

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.