Personal Reflection On My Nurse-Client Relationship Skills

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Look Back: This week for clinical I was able to go off on my own on the surgical floor. Since it was an evening shift there was not a whole lot for us to do. I took this opportunity to work on my nurse-client relationship skills.
Examine Experience: Due to the slow afternoon on the floor I was able to spend a lot of time with my patient working on my communication skills. I took the opportunity to gather extra information my client so that I will be able to do my final care plan on her. I was kind of nervous about meeting my patient this week because the surgical floor is different from medicine in the senses that I had a lot of patients who were very dependent on their nurses because their cognitive function had decreased. I had found
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1033). It went on to discuss the impact on listening and the benefit of it across all fields of nursing. “Patients know far more about their condition than you do, which is what makes their thoughts so valuable” (Gracia, 2015, p. 1033). After reading this article I can reflect upon my experiences and see similarities between them. While I have studies colostomy and even had someone come into our lab and talk more about them, I understood that my client knew way more about her situation than I did. I was able to get her background information on, even though I was not able to change or do anything with the stoma I know that would have felt more comfortable doing it after talking about it with her. I think that as nurses become more experiences it is easy to assume that you know more about the patient’s condition than they do, I hope that I always remember to listen to what the patient is trying to tell me about their condition in order to give them the best possible care. While all the nurses in this article had all completed and began working in the nursing field for several years I think it gave me a different perspective of how the techniques we learn throughout our education will be critical throughout our …show more content…
Bevis defines communication as a process in which self-reflection and the use of verbal and non-verbal cues help to promote the ability to send and receive messages (Foley, 2009). I used communication throughout my time spent with my client. I had to adjust to my communication technique to meet the needs of my client to gather the information needed for my care plan. I listen to my client discuss how both her stoma and the hip surgery had impacted her daily living. I felt more comfortable during the silent moment’s giving my client time to form an answer. As well was able to watch for nonverbal cues while keeping up the

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