Therapeutic Communication Nursing

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Communication and Therapeutic Relationships in Nursing/Midwifery A therapeutic relationship can be described as one that offers support and care without being judgemental and can provide trust and a feeling of safety from threatening situations(Mc Klindon et al1999). In contrast to a social relationship it differs greatly in that a therapeutic relationship consists of collaborated goals which are identified when the relationship is initiated and once these goals are fulfilled the relationship is terminated in a therapeutic way(Nurses Association of New Brunswick2000).There are many communication techniques that can prove to be useful in certain situations for example verbal and nonverbal communication as well as being aware of body…show more content…
Language is known to be a major obstacle in communicating with clients which can lead to ineffective nursing care and discrepancies in gaining information from the client. In order to overcome this the nurse must try to find common ground with the client. The use of pictures, symbols and dictionaries prove useful in enhancing communication. Culture also can have an effect on communication for example the use of eye contact, physical proximity and physical contact in some cultures is not accepted(Daniels 2004). To bridge this barrier one needs to educate themselves on cultural diversity and gain an understanding of the norms for relevant communities. Education level can also impede the communication process if the language used can not be understood by the client and the use of medical jargon can also create a distance between the nurse and the client and can be confusing and frightening. Communicating Assertively Self-awareness can be defined as knowing and understanding oneself in order to enhance interpersonal relationships. It can be achieved by recognising and accepting ones own values. Having self-awareness can reveal ones own personal strengths and weaknesses. This can then help in eliminating biases which in turn aids in providing a better level of care to the client(Lowry 2005). Assertiveness can promote fairness
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