Education and research in palliative care: preparing student nurses for clinical practiceName : Dr. John Costello
Affliation : Programme Director
University : Singapore Institute of Technology Nanyang polytechnic
Country : Singapore
Background - Death and dying are major sources of stress and the evidence suggests that student nurses often experience significant anxiety when caring for patients who are dying (Edo-Gual et al (2014). The educational preparation of student nurses to undertake clinical placements in palliative care settings requires educators to focus the development of appropriate communication skills. These skills can develop emotional intelligence and improve competence and confidence when interacting with patients at the end of life.
Aim - This presentation will report on a pre and post qualitative study conducted in Singapore in 2015 involving 74 student nurses being prepared to undertake palliative care clinical placements in Singapore. The aim of the presentation is to highlight the need to prepare students appropriately by the provision of a preparatory theoretical course that will improve and develop their communication skills. The presenter will focus on 2 major issues. First, to provide an outline of the study conducted and report on the outcomes in terms of the students ‘perceptions of their palliative care experience. Secondly, the presentation will consider the educational needs of the students and how educators can meet these perceived needs by designing communication workshops using role play to develop communication skills. The audience will be asked to interact, discuss and engage with the presentation and react to some of the communication techniques used in the preparation course. The study highlights a need to focus preparation on the development of competence and confidence prior to undertaking clinical practice in palliative care settings.
Reference - Edo-Gual M.; Tomas-Sabado J.; Bardallo-Porras D.; Monforte-Royo C. (2014) The impact of death and dying on nursing students: an explanatory model. Journal of clinical nursing, vol. /is. 23/23-24(3501-3512), 1365-270
Biography –Associate Professor John Costello RN.Ph.D Programme Director B.Sc. (hons) Nursing Practice. University of Manchester/Singapore Institute of Technology Nanyang polytechnic Singapore. An experienced palliative care lecturer whose research and publications on the social experience of death and dying have been published worldwide. Currently he is the programme director for the 2 year full time B.Sc. course in Singapore