|View from the second story of the Health Science Building at UDS|
|The girls getting a snack at UDS|
After the lecture portion of the presentation we provided an activity for the students to play. We handed out paper and paper clips to the students to pin to each other's backs. Then the students walked around the lecture hall and wrote one positive attribute on each student's back that they identified with that person. After sufficient time for the students to write on their peer's backs, they took their seats and read their own papers with all of the attributes their peers had identified in them. We tied the activity back to an important aspect of relational practice by informing the students that you cannot see an attribute in someone else if you do not yourself possess the same attribute, regardless if you are aware that you possess the attribute or not. For example, you cannot identify a caring, compassionate individual if you yourself are not both caring and compassionate. Jeanette further addressed this key message and spoke to the students about the importance of seeing the positive in each person and patient you encounter.
Overall, we have enjoyed presenting and engaging with the UDS nursing students and hearing their ideas and perspectives on relational practice. We will also be teaching this seminar in Bolga, Ghana, to more nursing students there. We feel passionately about the relational practice learning we have received in Canada and are eager to share it with the UDS students. The UDS students also gave great examples and definitions of relational practice when we asked them questions, and they too agree that relational practice is vital to good nursing practice and patient-centered care.
|150 second and third year BSN students.|