Communication In Nursing

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In this assignment, the importance of communication will be discussed in relation to adult and child nursing. The later section will be comparison between two fields of nursing. Cambridge Dictionary (n.d) defines communication as: "exchange of information and expression of feeling that can result in understanding". According to Health and Social Care Information Centre UK (2015), in 2014-2015, written and oral communication was the third highest subject of complaint at 10.3% (12,439) out of 120,778 complaints in the NHS. This indicates poor communication have negative influence on our nursing practise. Therefore, it is important for all nurses to have good communication skills so that they can communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally …show more content…
(Bellin, 2011). The children 's act (1989 and 2004) has the section defining parental responsibility which influences who can and cannot give consent on behalf of a child. However, referring to Gillick competency, children above the age of 16 have the right to give consent to the treatment but cannot refuse to treatment as they do not have the adequate level of maturity to understand what is purposed to them (NHS, 2015).

In child nursing, communication plays an important part in patient’s safety especially during handovers. According to the NHS UK (2014), between 2012 and 2013, there were approximately 33% of the 10,000 incidents reported to National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) were related to poor communication at handover. This shows that due to poor communication at handovers, child patients can be put at risk to serious harm. Therefore, child nurses must have good communication skills and be very careful when giving handovers and not miss anything related to the patient while discussing it (NMC
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On the whole, when comparing between adult and child nursing field, many similarities were found as the key principles of nursing practise were similar and followed the guidance mainly from NMC (2015). However, there was also difference found which was the approach used in delivering care. There were also some specific Acts and guidance that each field of nursing followed. Communication is one of the key skills that all nurses must have in order to provide high quality patient entre care. And to do this, nurses must be non judgemental, treat patients as individual, respect their dignity and confidentiality at all times (NMC 2015). In addition, nurses must always consider patients’ diversity, their preferred method of communication and try to provide choice to overcome any barriers that could affect effective communication (NMC

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