Looking Is Not Seeing and Listening Is Not Hearing: A Replication Study With Accelerated BSN Students

J Prof Nurs. 2016 Sep-Oct;32(5S):S30-S36. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2016.05.002. Epub 2016 May 10.


Development of perceptual aptitude is a critical yet complex skill that requires the effective organization and interpretation of data using visual and auditory clinical observation. Educators face challenges in creating pedagogy that consistently demonstrates reliability and validity in fostering clinical skills. We have dependably used the arts as a means to improve students' auditory and visual skills, and this article will describe replication of our work with accelerated nursing students in a bachelor's program in their last semester of nursing school (n=23). Our results reveal that auscultative and observational abilities of soon-to-be registered nurses are in need of improvement. The use of art in a museum improves observational and assessment abilities, and music training increases auscultative interpretive skills significantly.

Keywords: Art; Music pedagogy; Nursing education.