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1SMART GoalNSG/301May 2, 2016
2SMART GoalStrengthening Professional Communication Skills is the SMART goal I identified to improve. Communication skills is a desirable learning goal for all nurses and healthcare professionals to improve patient care and satisfaction (Judd 2013). Several different components are required to attain excellent communication skills. A crucial part of achieving this objective is developing a well thought out, highly detailed scheme based on the SMART Goal Achievement Plan model (Carter, Bishop, and Kravits, 2011). I will use this plan to guide an operational pathway of achieving my goal of improving my ability to communicate in an efficient manner.Defining the goalImproving professional communication skills is a valuable goal that I would like to achieve, and I believe that this is an essential skill and relevant to my career as nursing is dependent on strong communication skills. According to Bramhall (2014), "Effective communication is a core skill for all healthcare professionals and nursing staff in particular since nurses spend more time with patients and relatives than any other healthcare professional" (p. 59).Successfully discussing end of life care, medication and discharge instructions to patients and theirfamilies are my specific areas where my communication abilities need assistance. Multiple educational resources are required for developing strong communication skills and include formal instruction and teaching from colleagues and staff. (Goldsmith & Wittenberg-Lyles, 2013).Reaching my goalIn the nursing profession, one method in which communication skills can be improved upon is through involvement in formal classroom instruction. I have been fortunate enough to have participated in an evidenced-based communication skills training workshop which was developed by my institution. This workshop was specifically designed to help nurses talk to patients. The assignment of a mentor who will provide additional guidance in reaching my goal
3was included as part of the workshop. Further participation in these type of programs and peer assistance are included in the plan of reaching my goal.