A qualitative study on communication between nursing students and the family members of patients

Chung Yee Zenobia Chan

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However, there is a lack of research on the views of nursing students on communicating with the family members of patients, and little has been mentioned in the nursing curriculum on this topic. Aim The aim of this study was to explore nursing students' experiences of communicating with the family members of patients. Design A qualitative descriptive study. Methods A total of 42 nursing students (21 undergraduate year-two students and 21 were master's year-one students) from one school of nursing in Hong Kong participated in in-depth individual interviews. Content analysis was adopted. The trustworthiness of this study was ensured by enhancing its credibility, confirmability, and dependability. Results Two main themes were discerned. The first, “inspirations gained from nursing student-family communication”, included the following sub-themes: (a) responding to enquiries clearly, (b) avoiding sensitive topics, (c) listening to the patient's family, and (d) sharing one's own experiences. The second, “emotions aroused from nursing student-family communication”, had the following sub-themes: (a) happiness, (b) anger, (c) sadness, and (d) anxiety. Conclusions More studies on the perspectives of nursing students on communicating with family members should be conducted, to strengthen the contents and learning outcomes of nursing student-family communication in the existing nursing curriculum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Education Today
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • Communication
  • Family-centred care
  • Nursing students
  • Qualitative study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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