Therapeutic Communication In The Movie Wit

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At the beginning of the film, Wit, Susie was a bit distant and impersonal. She did not maintain much eye contact with Professor Bearing, nor did she initiate the use of broad openings to engage with her about any possible underlying concerns or needs she may have. Her facial expressions demonstrated disinterest, and her tone was very flat when she did speak to Professor Bearing. Such is the case after Professor Bearing’s emesis. When Susie walked into the room, she did not address or even acknowledge Professor Bearing; instead, she simply drained out the basin while insensitively pointing out that Professor Bearing was not getting many visitors, and that she expected her not to (Edson et al., 2001, 27:59). When Professor Bearing did not want to have an ultrasound done at the time that Susie requested, Susie dismissed her strong reluctance and forced her to come with her. (Edson et al., 2001, 45:40) Towards the end of the film, Susie’s behavior demonstrated empathy and warmth. She took the initiative to ask Professor Bearing what was wrong when she could clearly see the distress and turmoil on her face, leading to her receiving a heartfelt and emotional response from the latter who was expressing her fear of dying (Edson et al., 2001, 1:01:00). This is an example of therapeutic communication that positively impacts their nurse-patient relationship; by making observations, Susie was able to engage in a tender moment with Professor Bearing and ease her worries through

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