Health Promotion: The Importance Of Communication In Nursing

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The breakdown in communication here had the potential to be detrimental to the patient’s health. As nurses, we were responsible for finding out the correct information and making sure it was communicated correctly with everyone. This should not be done in order to change the plan of care, but to ensure that everyone has the necessary information to make sure the best decision is made for the patient. This is an experience that I will never forget, and it reminds me as I grow as a nurse to always gather all of the information and communicate it effectively, and most importantly to advocate for your patients.
Health Promotion Health promotion involves implementing appropriate teaching and learning strategies to assist people to achieve optimal
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At first, it was difficult for me to comprehend that not everyone understood words like prophylaxis, infarction, hypertension, and many other words that are commonly used in health care. I had to remember what it was like trying to understand all of this terminology before I entered nursing school and explain it to a patient in a way that they can better understand. The further into partnership, the more comfortable I got with patient and family teaching. Now, I realize how large the knowledge gap is and how much I love teaching and sharing knowledge with my patients and their families. It is very important for clients to understand their condition, medications, and the steps that they need to take in order to improve their outcomes. The transition into comfortably and effectively educating patients may have taken longer than other transitions. However, I am no confident in saying that I am ready to take on the role as an educator is the health care …show more content…
A nurse must provide care that demonstrates sensitivity to diverse beliefs and behaviors. I believe I have grown in accepting diverse values and advocating more for patient values as I advanced through nursing school. During one of my shifts at York Hospital, I had a patient who did not speak any English. She was transferred from the emergency department with only her daughter as an interpreter. The patient’s daughter was speaking broken English and was unable to understand medical terminology. It was very difficult to communicate. Together, my preceptor and I got a two-way phone that had an interpreter on the other line. Although this was still difficult to use for communication, I was able to do so through this resource, as well as pointing to symbols and using my hands and face for expressive communication. This is something I had not encountered before. In order to communicate with this patient and her family, I needed to be a professional and keep lines of communication between the patient and me. I accepted that even though the patient was different from what I was used to, I still needed to do everything I could to meet the needs of the patient and her family. This is just one of many examples in my partnership when I demonstrated my ability to provide patient care with a sensitivity to diverse beliefs, behaviors, and

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