The Sensitivity Training Clown Workshop: Enhancing Therapeutic Communication Skills in Nursing Students

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Abstract

Aim.

The aim of this study was to examine the long-term effectiveness of the Sensitivity Training Clown Workshop (STCW) provided to 131 baccalaureate nursing students.

Background.

The STCW was designed and implemented through a collaboration between the artistic director of the Big Apple Circus and nurse faculty to help students understand emotions, learn peripheral awareness skills, and become engaged with patients.

Method.

Forty participants responded to an 18-month follow-up evaluation survey.

Results.

The majority of participants reported applying lessons learned in the workshop in their current practice, regardless of their area of nursing employment.

Conclusion.

The STCW is an effective method of educating nursing students for pediatric practice. The techniques used in the workshop are applicable to other practice settings.

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