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Therapeutic Communication With Patients

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Therapeutic communication is my preferred method of interacting with patient and I use it daily while working with patient. Communication with a patient can be verbal, written body language, gestures or nonverbal. I attempt to avoid nontherapeutic communication, as I feel giving a false reassurance is of no benefit and asking "why" question, is uncomfortable and can make patient and/or family members defensive. A nursing instructor years ago, taught me not to tell a patient "you will be fine". That is a promise you can not keep, instead I always tell patients "we will take very good care of you". this week I scheduled a follow up appointment with a surgical patient that unfortunately suffered a massive stroke following a large surgical
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