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Katarina Mikaelsson, Lotta Berglund and Stina Rutberg are working in the project. Photo: Erica Lång

Project improves students communication

Published: 5 January 2015

A new project will develop students' oral and written communication skills, and increase their skills of working in teams. The first students who get to be a part the project is the physiotherapist students.

– The idea is that the project will enhance students' employability. Being able to communicate with different audiences and be part of a team is a key factor for successful work in the health care professions, says Stina Rutberg, university lecturer.

Feedback and custom models

The project aims to develop an educational model adapted for nursing programs with the support and inspiration of DiaNa. DiaNa is a communication training model from Uppsala University directed at scientists, with the goal of equipping students for working life by improving the generic skills, such as oral, written and group communication.

– DiaNa includes complete models for feedback and teacher guides. The idea is to gather inspiration and change them so they fit the health care programs. It will be a help when we start the project, says Katarina Mikaelsson, education leaders at the physiotherapy program.

Increased demands for healthcare professionals

Demands on the health care professionals as skilled team of employees are increasing, both in their own profession but also in collaboration with other professions. Increasing requirements are also set to hold oral presentations, to both patients and health professionals, and even the written communication with increasing evidence requirements.

By understanding and practice their communication skills and reflect on their own effort, students are expected to develop greater responsibility for their own role and be able to inspire and motivate others.

– This is not mandatory, but it's something the students can choose. Then they get a certificate to show to employers, says Stina Rutberg.

Permanent feature in the education

At the beginning of the year, the work starts with planning and designing the templates. By autumn 2015, physiotherapy students can take part in the project in the education.
– The goal is to make a permanent feature in the programme and provide this model to other nursing programs, but also to other programs at Luleå University of Technology, says Lotta Berglund, education leaders hälsovägledarprogrammet.

Contact

Katarina Mikaelsson

Katarina Mikaelsson, Senior Lecturer, Head of Division

Phone: +46 (0)920 493823
Organisation: Physiotherapy, Division of Health, Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Health Sciences
Stina Rutberg

Stina Rutberg, Associate Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 493225
Organisation: Physiotherapy, Division of Health, Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Health Sciences