How to communicate effectively while wearing face masks

Aby Mitchell*, Barry Hill

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed communication in nursing. Aby Mitchell and Barry Hill provide recommendations for improving communication when wearing a face covering. Communication is an essential part of nursing care and practice. The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed communication in healthcare. The 2 metre social distancing rule combined with the need to wear face masks has made communication more challenging. Wearing masks reduces the ability to access the non-verbal facial expressions and cues, such as lip movements, that are so vital to daily communication. Practice nurses rely on non-verbal communication as part of a complete holistic assessment and to build therapeutic relationships. This article provides some recommendations for improving communication when wearing a face covering.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-510
Number of pages3
JournalPractice Nursing
Volume31
Issue number12
Early online date1 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2020

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