Nursing students can benefit from simulated role rehearsals to enhance communication skills to use with patients that have dementia. Dementia causes decline in executive functioning, cognitive impairment, and brain changes that can lead to personality changes and challenging behaviors (McCance & Huether, 2012), which may require innovative care strategies. Dementia also causes changes in the brain that affect communication (McKay & Hanzaker, 2013). Patients with dementia may need multiple techniques and approaches when it comes to communicating throughout the lifespan of their illness, and working with this population is becoming increasingly common due to the influx of elderly patients in the healthcare system.
Dementia; Dementia--Nursing; Dementia--Patients--Care
Citation: Pilot Scholars Version (Modified MLA Style)
Hill, Katie, "Dementia and Innovative Communication Strategies: A Simulated Role-Rehearsal with Nursing Students" (2016). Nursing Graduate Publications and Presentations. Paper 5.