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Nurses seeking to hone their leadership, communication, technological, and professional “soft skills” can receive such training and education by means of an interactive program being introduced by ATI Nursing Education (Leawood, Kansas), a division of Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC. As the parent company explains in its February 2012 white paper, Soft Skills Research: Aligning Nurse’s Touch With Best Practices, unlike such “hard skills” as knowledge and psychomotor proficiency, soft skills are the less tangible skills possessed by successful nurse professionals, such as the ability to work and communicate effectively with patients, their family members, and other members of the healthcare team; prioritize tasks; exercise sound judgment; problem-solve; and be reliable and motivated. 

According to a statement issued by ATI Nursing Education, the Nurse’s Touch program is the first education product of its kind to address soft skills content. “While historically not the focus of nursing education programs, skills such as communication are critical to improving provider outcomes, lowering healthcare costs, and improving the patient experience,” commented Sheryl Sommer, director of the company’s nursing education and curriculum department, in the statement.

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The program, which will become available in August, was developed with input from nurse educators, curriculum developers, and psychometricians. It will cover the following content areas through interactive simulators, tutorials, case studies, and practice and proctored assessment, with direct support from the ATI faculty support team:

• Becoming a professional nurse

• Leadership and management. 

• Nursing informatics and technology

• Professional communication

• Wellness and self-care

In addition to providing content, Nurse’s Touch also will allow educators to measure, assess, and track a student’s progress. For more information, visit www.atiNursesTouch.com. ONA