MCON organizes Regional Workshop on Communication for Nurses

Workshop on Communication for nurses as part of International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020 was organized by the Dept. of Medical Surgical Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing Manipal, MAHE on February 26, 2020.

The workshop was inaugurated by Dr Avinash Shetty, Medical Superintendent, Kasturba Hospital Manipal. During his inaugural address he has emphasized the importance of communication in a health care setting with a quote “If you want to be a good communicator, you have to be a good listener”. Dr. Anice George Dean, Dr. Judith Noronha, Associate Dean and Dr. Jyothi Chakrabarty, Departmental Head, Medical Surgical Nursing Manipal were present during the inaugural function. Mr. Anil Raj, Faculty MCON Manipal delivered the vote of thanks during the inaugural function.

Following the inaugural function, a session on organizational communication for nurses was taken by Dr. Samir Kumar Prahraj, Professor & Head, Dept. of Psychiatry, KH & KMC Manipal.

The second session for the day was on communication soft skills for nurses, by Prof. (Dr) Robert Clive G, Professor, Dept. of social sciences, Crossland college Brahmavar. He discussed the different soft skills required for communication with a lot of group activity.

The skill training on effective communication for nurses was moderated by Dr. Seema Rao, consultant, Dept. of Palliative Medicine and supportive care, Kasturba Medical College & Hospital, MAHE. The participants were divided into different groups and each group was assigned with different scenarios describing wrong communication techniques. The groups were asked to ‘act out’ correcting the mistakes in the scenario demonstrating the correct communication techniques.

The participants were the staff nurses from Kasturba Hospital Manipal and KMC Hospital Attavar, Mangalore.

The workshop came to an end with feedback from the participants and certificate distribution. The participants expressed that the workshop refreshed communication techniques, which can be used wisely in the clinical setting for better health care delivery.