USC launches new nursing program with actors

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - We are in the midst of National Nurses Appreciation Week.

In honor of the week, the University of South Carolina Nursing Program is launching a new program to help train students. They're now using actors as patients. They'll describe pains and ailments to the nurses in training.

Professors say it's a vital way to help with communication skills between nurses and patients.

"We look at an estimated 70% of medical errors attributed to communication," Nursing Program's Crystal Graham said. "We're able to provide our students with the opportunity to deliberately practice communication."

Students say that the program provides a safe space to learn communication with patients.

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