Background: National guidelines for nursing education emphasise the significance of developing practical competency in professional communication. This implies the acquisition of basic communication skills.

Purpose: The study describes first-year nursing students’ evaluation of an educational course in basic professional communication.

Method: The study had an explorative design using a questionnaire that comprised 13 closed and one open-ended question(s), grouped in four main categories: teaching preparation, teaching level, previous experience from health-care education or training, and teaching methods. Seventy-nine first-year students participated.

Results: The teaching methods receiving the best evaluation were role-playing where the educators assumed the roles of patient and nurse, pre-training lectures, and role-playing in small groups where the students alternated as nurses, patients and observers.

Conclusions: The tuition methods were met with a preponderance of positive evaluations. Almost all the students assessed the pre-training lectures as having enhanced both their participation and learning.

Keywords: Communication, nursing education, profession, simulation-based learning, teaching methods