The Discourse of Nurse-Patient Interactions

Contrasting the communicative styles of U.S. and international nurses

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<i>The Discourse of Nurse-Patient Interactions: Contrasting the communicative styles of U.S. and international nurses</i> is the first book to quantitatively examine a wide range of linguistic features in a corpus of interactions between nurses and standardized patients. The main goal of this book is to compare the discourse of U.S. (L1 English speaking) and international (L2 English speaking) nurses. The research design relies on a mixed method approach, including both quantitative and qualitative discourse analysis of lexico-grammatical, interactional, prosodic, fluency, and non-verbal features; assessments of interactional effectiveness; and qualitative interviews with nurses. The book offers a detailed description of the situational characteristics of the interactions and compares the discourse of nurses and patients in order to contextualize differences in the communicative styles of the two nurse groups. The results provide new insight into the way that sociocultural and linguistic aspects of nurse discourse contribute to the delivery of patient-centered care.

Subjects: Pragmatics; Discourse studies; Corpus linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: Purdue University

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