A unique program for nursing students to enhance their mentalization capabilities in relation to clinical thinking

Carmit Satran, Revital Tsamri, Osnat Peled, Heden Zuker, Layalleh Massalha, Liora Ore

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Abstract

While nurses strive to provide optimal patient-centered care, this is not always straightforward, as some cases are more emotionally charged than others – depending on the patient's mental, emotional, and physical state, and on the nurses themselves. Therefore, in order to provide accurate therapeutic responses while maintaining their own personal well-being, nurses must develop strong mentalization capabilities. We present a unique program for nursing students, specifically targeted at enhancing their mentalization abilities as part of their communication skills for dealing with emotionally charged situations. In the program, he students first learn to identify what leads them to experience increased emotional loads and how this affects their mentalization processes. Next, they learn alternative coping patterns for their benefit, enabling their own emotional regulation while providing optimal care for their patients. Conducted in small groups, this holistic four-year program is led by experienced clinical nurses and psychologists; the learning is based on actual experiences encountered by the students during their clinical experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-431
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Clinical thinking
  • Empathy
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Nursing education
  • Nursing students
  • Self-awareness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing

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