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What’s Your Style? Enhanced Interprofessional Communication and Practice Using the Communication Wheel

Schwartz, Lisa, EdD; El-Banna, Majeda, PhD, RN, CNE; Conroy, JoAnn Fitzgerald, DNP, RN; Browne, Julia, MSEd

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000509
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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 (

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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

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