Psychosocial vital signs: Using simulation to introduce a new concept

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Psychosocial vital signs (PVS) is a tool used for defining and measuring essential psychosocial variables of health. Because nurse-patient interaction is basic to PVS, simulation is the methodology used for introducing this new concept to students. When learning PVS as a fundamental nursing skill, students' thinking is informed and guided toward a holistic view of their patients. The author discusses components of PVS and the curriculum used for teaching students how to use PVS. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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