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‘Don’t Talk Like That: It’s Not Just What You Say But How You Say It’: The Process of Developing an Applied Theatre Performance to Teach Undergraduate Nursing Students Communication Skills Around Paediatric End-of-Life Care

Reeves, Alison and Neilson, S. (2018) ‘Don’t Talk Like That: It’s Not Just What You Say But How You Say It’: The Process of Developing an Applied Theatre Performance to Teach Undergraduate Nursing Students Communication Skills Around Paediatric End-of-Life Care. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 9 (1). 99-111(13). ISSN 2040-2457 Online: 2040-2465

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Abstract

The project aimed to explore the effectiveness of drama and nursing students working collaboratively to develop communication skills based on situations nurses face working with children in palliative and end-of-life care. Interactive theatre techniques were developed in the participatory performance and embedded in Noddings’ concept of care education. Based on findings from pre and post intervention student feedback the results demonstrate and exemplify how performance can offer new ways of understanding the caring encounter. Through facilitating re-enactment of their real-life scenarios pre-registration nursing students both discussed and practiced nurse: patient interactions, reflecting on how caring and uncaring communication sounds and feels. Role-play and simulation is not new in training nursing students but the innovative aspect of this project was the way working with drama students enabled participation and reflection through elements of ‘Simultaneous Dramaturgy’ and ‘Forum Theatre’ in this paediatric palliative context.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: communication skills, participatory performance, interactive techniques, palliative care, Forum Theatre, care education, nursing students
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 22 May 2018 09:16
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 09:16
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/6647

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