The Joint Commission and Institute for Healthcare Improvement have mandated healthcare organizations to improve professional communication. Nursing students lack experience in communicating with physicians. As a result, recent graduates may not be prepared to meet the demands of professional communication to ensure patient safety. The authors discuss the SBAR (situation, background, assessment, recommendations) communication technique implemented during a 2-day simulation exercise that provided an organized logical sequence and improved communication and prepared graduates for transition to clinical practice.
Authors' Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Thomas), School of Nursing, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; Clinical Director of ICU (Ms Bertram), Community Hospital, Anderson, Indiana; Chief Nursing Officer (Mrs Johnson), Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, Indiana.
Corresponding Author: Dr Thomas, Ball State University, School of Nursing, 2000 University Ave, Muncie IN 47306 (firstname.lastname@example.org).