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061511Feature_NursingBeing a nurse means having hard, clinical skills – and also the soft skills of calming patients and reading their emotional state.

That’s why Mona Shattell and Lillie Granger (Nursing) decided to involve theatre students in their Nursing Care of Individuals with Psychosocial Problems curriculum, a required course for undergraduate nursing students. The theatre students perform original skits and scenes from plays, and use improvisational role-playing and sensory exercises, to help the student nurses connect with patients who have mental illness or are stressed by a frightening diagnosis.

Granger got the idea after speaking with Denise Gabriel in Theatre. It has turned into quite a collaboration.

Full story at University News.

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