Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Lori Van Zoeren

Second Advisor

Pamela Wadsworth

Third Advisor

Elissa Allen


Communication, assertiveness, nursing, preceptors


This thesis will discuss the effects nursing preceptors have on nursing students' clinical experience. This thesis will explore multiple factors that negatively impact nursing student’s communication with their preceptors. It has been found that clinical experiences are extremely important for the future of nursing students. However, there is often a communication barrier between nursing students and their preceptors. This barrier can lead to negative outcomes for new nurses entering the field. Strained communication can also create dangerous situations for patients. Students who fear harsh comments or vertical violence may be reluctant to disclose the limitations of their knowledge. We completed a literature review of over 10 articles. Each article examined different communication techniques that students can use to improve clinical experiences. Using the information gleaned in the literature review, we created a pamphlet to convey the identified communication techniques for nursing students. The techniques we highlighted include assertive communication, identification, boundaries, and trust. The goal of this pamphlet is to help students improve their experiences in the hospital and thus gain the most from their clinical studies. The result of good communication is better self-esteem and critical thinking skills as a new nurse. In addition, better communication skills will improve learning, protect patients, and prevent difficult situations during the clinical experience. In this literature review and pamphlet, it is suggested that students better prepare themselves with the proper communication techniques to have a better experience.


Co-authored with Erin Raby

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Honors Thesis-Open Access

Communication Techniques Pamphlet_.pdf (4881 kB)

Presentation.pdf (10245 kB)

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Nursing Commons