Nursing studies

From personal story to group experience: how reflecting via Schwartz rounds helps students

Sessions give students a safe space to share and learn from the emotional aspects of training

Sessions give students a safe space to share and learn from the emotional aspects of training

Sharing personal stories about the emotional and social aspects of training helps nursing students become more accomplished professionals, says senior teaching fellow Ali Smith, of the University of Surrey.

About two and a half years ago, the university began running Schwartz rounds , starting with a trial involving academic staff before extending the option to nursing students.

‘Knowing yourself and your responses really well helps you to be a better clinician – it informs anyone’s role, but it’s really good for nursing,’ says Ms Smith.

Schwartz rounds have been used in clinical settings across the UK for more than ten years, moving into

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