Nursing | Interpersonal Skills
B300 | ALL | Murray

Nursing Majors - Semester V
3 credits
Requirements: lower-division nursing prerequisites or permission
of instructor.

Course Description: This courses focuses on interpersonal
responses to changing environments.  Selected communication
models are used to examine identified behaviors.  The
significance of communication skills for effective nursing
practice is explored.  Selected strategies for effecting behavior
change and coping with interpersonal stress are examined.  The
effectiveness of communication skills in promoting optimal
responses to change is assessed.

This course focuses on the learning, practice and evaluation of
interpersonal communication skills within the context of nursing.
Students will be introduced to a humanistic approach for
interacting with clients and colleagues. Students will acquire a
conceptual understanding of communicating in a helpful way so
they will be able to handle difficult and complex nurse-client
and nurse-colleague situations in a caring way.  This course is
designed to help students integrate essential communication
behaviors into their nursing skill repertoire.

Course Objectives:

1.	Discuss the significance of communication in interactions
	between individuals in a variety of settings.
2.	Discuss the significance of communication for the
	nurse/client systems relationship.
3.	Use appropriate communication models/methods/techniques when
	interacting with members of the health team, clients'
	systems, and other.
4.	Select appropriate approaches for the promotion of optimal
	response to change in the ecological variables.
5.	Evaluate the use of communication skills by self and others
	in interpersonal relationships.
6.	Examine facilitation skills that enable helping interactions
	with client systems experiencing special concerns affecting
	self and others.