SPEACS-2: Online Communication Training for ICU Nurses

SPEACS-2 is an online professional development toolkit designed to assist nurses with assessing and communicating with nonvocal, mechanically ventilated patients.

Initially developed and tested in a study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to improve nurse-communication, SPEACS-2 is endorsed by AACN and refined and tested by more than 300 ICU nurses in a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) project.

The online communication toolkit includes:

  • 60-minute self-guided training program.
  • Downloadable pocket reference guides.
  • References and resource guides.
  • Tips for implementation in the ICU.

Get a comprehensive description of the SPEACS-2 communication training program and access the interactive learning modules at http://go.osu.edu/speacs2.

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