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OP-138 The impact of pediatric nursing education on the communication skills of students: a comparative study before and after
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  1. Emine Zahide Özdemir
  1. Dokuz Eylul University, Nursing Faculty

Abstract

Aim This study aims to measure nursing students’ communication skills before and after the pediatric nursing course and to determine whether this education enhances students’ communication proficiency.

Material and Method Of the 286 students, 68.4% are female, 84.5% have cared for children, 52.4% face cultural communication barriers, and 51.5% have language issues in pediatric care. The communication skills score improved from an average of 65.2 to 79.6 post-training, confirming its effectiveness with a significant p-value of <0.001 and a large effect size (Cohen’s d = 0.87). The Pediatric Nursing Course was revamped to enhance communication skills. It includes role-play, analysis of communication challenges, and development of action plans within small groups. Three case types are studied: early childhood, effective techniques for 6–12 year olds, and adolescent communication barriers. Students also assessed and reflected on clinical communication issues.

Results Of the students (n=286), 68.4% are female. Those previously provided care for a sick or healthy child constitute 84.5% of the total group. Individuals who perceive communication hindrance due to cultural differences account for 52.4%, while those encountering language barriers while caring for pediatric patients amount to 51.5%. The analysis revealed a significant difference in the total scores obtained from the scale before and after the communication-focused training. Initially, students scored an average of 65.2 on the communication skills scale (20–100). Post-course, the average increased significantly to 79.6. Statistical analysis using a paired t-test showed a significant difference with a p-value of <0.001, confirming the effectiveness of the course. The large effect size (Cohen’s d = 0.87) indicates a substantial improvement in communication skills relevant to clinical practice.

Conclusions This study concludes that implementing pediatric nursing education positively impacts students’ communication skills, underscoring its potential to enhance the quality of patient care and overall satisfaction.

  • nursing
  • communication
  • education

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