Therapeutic Relationship between Nurse and Patient

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According to William C and Davis C, (2004), page 3 it has been said that a nurses most essential tool is the therapeutic use of self to understand clients health needs and their knowledge and skills to facilitate the healing process. A therapeutic nurse and patient relationship is defined as a serving relationship that is based on mutual trust and respect, the nurturing of faith and hope, being sensitive to self and others, and assisting with the gratification of patients physical, emotional and spiritual needs, through nurse’s knowledge and skills. Nursing theorist Imogene King, states that nurse-client relationship is a ‘learning experiences where by two people interact face an immediate health problems, to share, if possible in …show more content…
While communicating with client always be real, showing your genuine self when communicating. Don’t use restating too much, because it can be perceived by clients that you aren’t listening to them. Maintain eye content, smile at intervals and nod your head as you and your client engage in conversation. Speak calmly and slowly in which the client can understand you.
In addition, the nurse must maintain profession boundaries, during interaction with the client some client needs more therapeutic touch such as hand holding and hugging. Many messages, such as affection, emotional support, encouragement, tenderness and personal attention are conveyed through touch such as holding hands, especially important for vulnerable clients who experiencing severe illness. Some clients prefer no touching due to the difference in cultural background. In which a nurse must always respect differences in cultural backgrounds that the clients has come from.
Moreover, professional boundaries draw a limit between client-nurse relationships whereby a nurse will console client in a professional way. Furthermore, one of the important components of therapeutic interaction is emotional intelligence. In which the nurse has the ability to understand emotions in others. (Daries. M and William C pg.3 2004). Through therapeutic communication the nurse will show his or her ability to react through his or her emotions in order to handle emotionally challenged situation in a
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