Importance of Nurse Patient Relationship Essay

1804 Words Aug 5th, 2012 8 Pages
Watson defined therapeutic nurse-patient relationship as “a helping relationship that’s based on mutual trust and respect, the nurturing of faith and hope, being sensitive to self and others, and assisting with the gratification of your patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs through your knowledge and skill” ( as quoted in Pullen, 2010, p.4). Nurse’s are expected to portray and act professionally, legally and ethically in order to established an effective nurse-client relationship. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA, 2012) is a regulating body for nurses and midwives specifically in Australia had set and approved codes and guidelines to follow and source of basis to guide nurses in their professional practice. …show more content…
A good example is assessing a newly admitted patient in the unit and the there’s a turnover of shift ongoing but the nurse need to interview first the new patient before she can endorse the patient to the next shift nurse. If the nurse on duty is on hurry and thinking of going home she cannot assesses the patients important details and may missed significant data regarding patient’s history. Therefore active listening is the channel to be an effective communicator and its one way of conveying your understanding of the patient’s health condition (Miller, E. and Webb, L. 2011 p.94). Empathy is another strategy in dealing with effective professional nurse is to patient relationship. Empathy is about putting yourself in the situation of patient without being involved emotionally. Its about understanding the patient’s situation, perspective and feelings. It differs from sympathy. Sympathy is about pity and compassion and means emotional involvement ( The British Journal of General Practice, 2002). Through practice of empathy, nurses understand the patient emotion and feelings but the nurses are not emotionally involved with the patient (Rana & Upton, 2009, p. 62). Nurse must be confident and competent in his or her chosen field of career. This is way nurse can maintain an effective and therapeutic care as well as therapeutic relationship to his or her patient. Evaluating ones own nurse performance, attending up to date training and

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