Essay on Four Principles of Interpersonal Communication

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A critical review of what has been noted about the four principles of interpersonal communication demonstrates that King (2000) has provided the definitive source for reviewing these issues. According to King, interpersonal communication is: inescapable, irreversible, complicated and contextual. Using these four principles as a basis for research, the current investigation provides a review of each of the four principles and the implication of each of these principles for the nursing professional. A situation is described in which the four principles of interpersonal communication are examined along with a review of how these principles can strengthen and enhance communication in the nursing environment.
The Four Principles
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Regardless of the nurses' specific assignment, interpersonal communication is unavoidable.
Interpersonal Communication is Irreversible
Considering next the development of interpersonal communication as irreversible, Charlton, Dearing, Berry and Johnson (2008) provide a clear example of this issue in the context of nursing practice. As reported by these authors, research has consistently demonstrated that the interpersonal communication which takes place between patient and nurse can influence the health outcomes of the patient. If the communication is positive and supportive, the patient may be more likely to engage in health practices which benefit health. Thus, the interpersonal communication used by the nurse can and will have an irreversible impact on the health of the patient. Recognition of this issue is critical to protecting and improving the health outcomes of patients.
The data provided by Charlton, et al., (2008) clearly demonstrates that impact of interpersonal communication in nursing. Once an issue, belief or value has been verbalized and heard, it cannot be removed. While this is not to say that improvements in interpersonal communication cannot occur, once communication has been established reversing statements and the feelings which result from these statements can be a notable challenge. For
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