This training video employs a particular method to encourage nurse trainees to reflect on their responses to how patients and co-workers present themselves, verbally, physically, and emotionally. Based on psychologist Norman Kagan’s affect-stimulus technique, the camera takes the perspective of a trainee nurse who is presented with a series of different people who speak directly to the camera. The viewer is put into the situation of the trainee nurse, and is invited to respond to and reflect upon the different, sometimes difficult, interpersonal situations he or she encounters. This film would have been shown as part of a broader training program in which the training group–having been told to imagine themselves as the nurse to whom the person on screen is talking–was asked to consider and discuss their affective and verbal responses to these situations. The people the viewer encounters are a mix of patients and co-workers. Sometimes they praise the viewer; sometimes they question his or her competence or emotional maturity. Some proposition the viewer, some are confrontational, some vulnerable, some passive-aggressive.
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Barnett Addis; Source: Item; Research date: 12/14/2011