Visual Intelligence Education as an Innovative Interdisciplinary Approach for Advancing Communication and Collaboration skills in Nursing Practice

Visual Intelligence Education as an Innovative Interdisciplinary Approach for Advancing Communication and Collaboration skills in Nursing Practice by Margaret Slota, Maureen McLaughlin, Lorena Bradford, Julia F. Langley, and Sarah Vittone

Background: Recognizing the relationship of keen observation to communication, critical thinking, and leadership in evidence-based literature, educators have expanded the use of art museums to augment visual intelligence skills. The purpose of this pilot intervention was to evaluate an innovative, interdisciplinary approach for integrating visual intelligence skills into an advanced communications and collaboration course.

Method: Collaborating with museum educators, the intervention for doctoral students was conducted at the National Gallery of Art. The aims were to explore and evaluate observation skills, use of intentional language in communication, impact of visual intelligence on perception, and role of visual intelligence with empathy.

Results: Descriptive and nonparametric statistics highlighted significant differences in pre- to post-assessment scores related to the expansiveness of intentional visual observation, alternate views, perception and empathy, suggesting that visual intelligence training’s impact can be identified and evaluated.

Conclusion: Healthcare providers’ ability to communicate effectively, including observing, listening, explaining, and empathizing, significantly impacts healthcare outcomes and patient perceptions of satisfaction. All educators have access to a variety of two-dimensional art and the opportunity to implement interdisciplinary learning experiences to enhance visual intelligence. The intervention was considered a successful new learning modality for advanced communications skills and was integrated into the curriculum.

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