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Pairing Students in Clinical Assignments to Develop Collaboration and Communication Skills

Bartges, Mali DNP, RN, CCRN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e318238372c
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Skillful collaboration and communication among healthcare team members are associated with favorable patient outcomes. Student nurses need opportunities for supervised development of these crucial and intertwined skills. The author describes the implementation of a practice-change project for simultaneously developing collaboration and communication skills by pairing prelicensure student nurses in clinical assignments. This easily adapted strategy increases options for faculty looking to stimulate student acquisition of these professional skills.

Author Affiliation: Associate Professor, Nursing, Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Bartges, Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond RD, Bethlehem, PA 18020 (

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.