The aim of this study was to compare student nurses’ communication self-efficacy, empathy, and mindfulness across two countries, and to analyse the relationship between these qualities | Patient Education and Counseling
The study included 156 student nurses, 94 (60%) were Swedish. The mean communication self-efficacy score was 119 (95% CI 116–122), empathy score 115 (95% CI 113–117) and mindfulness score 79 (95% CI 78–81). A Mann-Whitney test showed that Swedish students scored significantly higher on communication self-efficacy, empathy, and mindfulness than Norwegian students did. When adjusted for age, gender, and country in a multiple linear regression, mindfulness was the only independent predictor of communication self-efficacy.
The Swedish student nurses in this study scored higher on communication self-efficacy, empathy, and mindfulness than Norwegian students did. Student nurses scoring high on mindfulness rated their communication self-efficacy higher.
A mindful learning approach may improve communication self-efficacy and possibly the effect of communication skills training.
Full reference: Sundling, V. et al. (2017) Mindfulness predicts student nurses’ communication self-efficacy: A cross-national comparative study. Patient Education and Counseling. Vol. 100 (Issue 8) pp. 1558–1563.