Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to identify the strategies that a nursing program uses to develop effective communication in ESL students for clinical placements.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to explain approaches to the teaching and learning of ESL nursing students that develop English language skills for clinical practice.
Methods: To address these needs the School of Nursing and Midwifery designed tailored clinical communication workshops that focus on developing speaking skills for the clinical setting. The workshops are comprised of a series of interactive sessions including the use of nursing terminology, interviewing, telephone, report writing and handover skills. The students participate in discussions of scenarios and engage in role-play that integrates conflict resolution, problem solving, nursing and clinical language enabling each student to practice the use of spoken and written English in preparation for practice in a variety of healthcare settings.
Results: These clinically focused workshops assist in preparing students for clinical placements and also provide additional remedial support for students who have experienced language difficulties during their practicum. Students self-refer or are referred by the clinical education unit. The current program has been evaluated using a triangulated approach from quantitative and qualitative summative surveys as well as information from clinical placement summaries.
Conclusion: The findings of this project reveal that there are substantial benefits for ESL nursing students who participate in this form of clinical language intervention program resulting in improved confidence and competence in communication for practice.
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