Nursing Students' Relational Skills with Elders Improve through Humanitude Care Methodology

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Nov 19;17(22):8588. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17228588.


Nursing students have difficulties interacting with cognitively impaired elders. This study aimed to identify students' difficulties in interacting with elders, the causes of the difficulties in interacting with elders, the strategies used to reduce these difficulties, and the importance attributed to the Structured Sequence of Humanitude Care Procedures (SSHCP). It also aimed to assess the contribution of the Humanitude Care Methodology (HCM) to the development of interaction skills in nursing students. An exploratory descriptive study with a quasi-experimental design was conducted with a sample of 64 nursing students during their hospital clinical training. A control group (usual training) and an experimental group (HCM training) were used. Data were collected through a questionnaire applied at baseline and follow-up. Content analysis, chi-square tests, and Student's t-tests were performed. The main difficulty identified was caring for agitated and confused elders. Difficulties were associated with a lack of theoretical-practical teaching, the clinical training context, lack of experience, and personality traits. HCM impacted positively on the development of students' interaction skills. This study shows that HCM is an innovative methodology in nursing education that will allow for moving from an instrumental and technicist education into a more humanized training capable of transforming care.

Keywords: Humanitude; humanization of assistance; interpersonal relationships; nurse–patient relations; nursing education; old age assistance; patient-centered care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Education, Nursing* / methods
  • Education, Nursing* / standards
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Students, Nursing* / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult