The Art of Nursing

Art Education graduate students and faculty worked with the School of Nursing to develop a program that explores the usefulness of art criticism – the ability to observe, interpret, and evaluate works of art – as a way to enhance nurses’ clinical reasoning and perceptual skills. The project, funded by a VCU Presidential Research Incentive Program grant, led by Art Education Chair Sara Wilson McKay and Jeanne M Walter from Nursing, focuses on enhancement of clinical reasoning skills to improve patient outcomes. Results suggest that students’ clinical reasoning skills benefit from the museum-based experience, particularly in the arenas of precise and thoughtful communication, consideration of diverse points of view, awareness of contextual details, and collaborative critical thinking, among others.

Above: Art Ed students facilitate discussions among nursing students about art installations at the VMFA.


August 29, 2012