Today’s health care environment requires collaborative teams to provide safe, effective care. This study assessed the extent to which a face-to-face workshop increased nursing and premedical students’ awareness of varying communication styles and their potential impact on interprofessional communication and practice. A self-assessment tool was administered before, immediately after, and 1 month after the workshop. Significant increases in familiarity working on interprofessional teams, identifying different communication styles, and ability to apply communication strategies were found immediately after and 1 month after the workshop.
Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Schwartz), Department of Integrated Health Sciences, and Director, Postbaccalaureate Premedicine Certificate Program, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences; and Assistant Professor and Director of Nursing Advancement (RN to BSN/MSN) Program (Dr El-Banna) and Assistant Clinical Professor (Dr Conroy), George Washington University School of Nursing, Ashburn, Virginia; and Associate Director for Industry Coaching (Ms Browne), George Washington University Center for Career Services, Washington, DC.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Schwartz, George Washington University, Enterprise Hall, 44983 Knoll Square, Ashburn, VA 20147 (Lschwartz@gwu.edu).
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Accepted for publication: December 13, 2017
Published ahead of print: February 2, 2018
Cite this article as: Schwartz L, El-Banna M, Conroy JF, Browne J. What’s your style? enhanced interprofessional communication and practice using the Communication Wheel. Nurse Educ. 2019;44(1):20-24. DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000509