Good communication is critical for workers in the healthcare field. Nurses need to know how to communicate effectively with patients, coworkers, and supervisors.

There are simple ways to improve those skills, including speaking slowly and clearly. Choose your words carefully, depending on the audience.

Keep in mind that patients won’t be familiar with technical and medical terms, so keep things as clear and simple as possible when explaining things to them. Be sure to ask questions for clarity, and to listen closely to others.

Communicating is about both speaking and listening, making sure that you are understood and that others understand you. Strong communication skills will help you succeed in nursing.