Decoding Body Language: What Every Nurse Needs to Know

This course is designed for nurse clinicians to improve care and compassion by actively assessing self and others for non-verbal cues, as well as the environment in diverse healthcare settings. The purpose of this course is to help nurses learn how to accurately interpret body language cues and assess self for negatively-perceived body language. After taking this course, the learner should be able to identify familiar non-verbal cues as well as determine the importance of active and open communication when working with patients and their families.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the art and science of body language.
  2. Present an understanding of the study of semantics.
  3. Assess and interpret body language.
  4. Explain verbal and non-verbal cues.
  5. Identify generational differences in body language.


Chapter 1: Introduction The Background of Body Language

  • Body Language - It's in our DNA
  • The Brains Behind Body Language
  • Expressions, Postures, and Gestures

Chapter 2: The Study of Semantics

  • What is Semantics?
  • Semantics and Survival
  • Self-Assessment and Semantics

Chapter 3: Assessing and Interpreting Body Language

  • Are You Listening to Non-Verbal Cues?
  • Losing Face
  • Remove Bias, Remain Neutral and Respond Appropriately

Chapter 4: Conclusion

  • Case Scenarios
  • References
  • About the Author
  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

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HTRSD is a provider of continuing education training focused on human trafficking and other social disparities for health care providers, as well as courses that address nurses' health and well-being and under-served topics in advanced critical care.

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